Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon - $235.99

Wine Details

Price: $235.99
Producer: Moët & Chandon
Region: Champagne
Varietal: Sparkling
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: chicken broth, earth, ginger, lemon, minerals, mushroom, rose petal, smoke
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Product Description

  • Fresh, crystalline and sharp, the first nose reveals a unique vegetal, aquatic world, with hints of white pepper and gardenia. The wine's maturity then makes a gentle appearance before exhaling peaty accents. In the mouth, the attack is direct, a prelude to a lusty roundness that seems to curl up like a plant. The notes of anis and dried ginger glide ocer fruit skins (pear and mango), creating an effect that is more tactile than fleshy. The finale stretches out and then comes to rest, calm, mature and diffuse.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tanzer - 94 Details: ($130) Very pale color. Wonderfully complex, musky aromas of minerals, ginger, lemon, earth, mushroom, smoke and brioche; with aeration, this showed sweaty saline and chicken broth notes that reminded me of Le Montrachet, as well as a captivating topnote of fresh rose petal. Fat, ripe and mouthfilling without being at all heavy. Loaded with flavor and long and delicious on the aftertaste. In the same quality league as the superb '95, but does it have the grip of that wine? I should note that some other tasters report having bottles more in the backward, structured style of this vintage. 1996 Tanzer chicken broth, earth, ginger, lemon, minerals, mushroom, rose petal, smoke
WineEnthusiast - 92 Details: In some vintages, Dom can be difficult to judge when young, seeming a bit austere and calling for cellaring. The '96 appears to be a slightly riper, lusher vintage, and while it has plenty of toast, pencil shaving and smoke notes that promise to age into nutty elegance, it is also creamier and more approachable in its youth. Finishines with ripe apples and a hint of coffee or bittersweet chocolate. 1996 WineEnthusiast chocolate, coffee, nutty, smoke, toast
WineSpectator - 92 Details: An intensely flavored Champagne, displaying tropical fruit, berry and citrus aromas and flavors enmeshed in finely woven texture, ending with an aftertaste of dried fruit. Good firm structure lends support. Drink now through 2010. 200,000 cases made. (BS) 1995 WineSpectator berry, citrus
WineSpectator - 90 Details: Exotic, with ripe candied fruit character (black currant and citrus) and biscuit notes that unfold on an open yet firm structure. Lingers subtly on the finish. Drink now through 2008.  –BS 1995 WineSpectator black currant, candied, citrus
Tanzer - 95 Details: ($120) Wonderfully subtle, complex aromas of white flowers, acacia honey, minerals, nuts and mushroom, with musky and leesy nuances. Oily, rich and smoky but with terrific verve and lift. Quite substantial and chewy for a young D.P. but not at all heavy. Yellow plum and strong soil tones in the middle and on the palate-staining finish. Offers a rare combination of richness and finesse. (Schieffelin & Somerset, New York, NY) 1995 Tanzer honey, minerals, mushroom, nuts, plum, smoky
WineEnthusiast - 93 Details: Intense and toasty on the nose, picking up scents of green apple and lime. Seems very young and fresh—capable of extended aging, but precocious for Dom, with enough fruit to make it pleasurable now. Supple and creamy in the mouth, this wine shows no sharp edges, yet boasts an extraordinarily long finish. 1995 WineEnthusiast green apple, lime
WineEnthusiast - 92 Details: With a tight flow of bubbles and toasty Golden Delicious aromas, it’s another high-quality sparkler from this consistent producer. The tart citrus flavors and crisp acidity are clean and fresh now, but will also age well. 1995 WineEnthusiast citrus
WineSpectator - 89 Details: A delicious '93, bursting with toast, coffee and hazelnut flavors on an elegant, focused frame. Good intensity and length make this stand out for the vintage. Drink now.  –BS 1993 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 86 Details: A frothy mouthful of honey and bread, with a hint of citrus on a modestly proportioned frame. Tasty and easygoing. Drink now. (BS) 1993 WineSpectator coffee, hazelnut, toast
Tanzer - 91 Details: ($120) Understated, pure aromas of musky stone, orange, smoke and truffle. Full, ripe and harmonious; not a huge or superconcentrated wine but quite subtle and fine, with brisk, juicy flavors of orange and minerals. Lingering, ripe finish. 1993 Tanzer citrus, honey
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Poultry & Eggs Quail
Fruits & Nuts Fruit Salad
Vegetables Risotto, Vegetable, Fruit Salad
Fish or Shellfish Stews and Soups
Herbs & Spices Wasabi
Vegetables Leafy Greens

Wine Terms

Name Value
Champagne A region in France that makes wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. It is also the name of the world’s most famous sparkling wine. Although many winemakers outside of Europe can legally call their sparkling wine champagne, European Union regulations prevent any other member country from doing so.
France France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.
Sparkling Wine Sparkling wines are part of a growing category of bubbly wines.

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