The tasting group in Stockholm met for yet another great tasting this week – Dom Pérignon Rosé @ The Champagne Bar by Richard Juhlin.
RJ ON DP Dom Pérignon – the name alone makes most of us break out in a delightful smile. When we think of this 17th-century monk from Hautvillers – so often pointed out as the father of Champagne – we either regard him with historical reverence, or associate his name with the proudest of all wine labels and everything else that follows in its glamorous, sparkling wake. Just imagine all the classic movie scenes that have been sweetened by a bottle of Dom Pérignon. Bond movies usually spring to mind. Countless times I’ve sat and sighed over agents with a license to kill: villains and exquisite women in seductively luxurious surroundings, all revelling in icy Dom Pérignon. Most champagne enthusiasts have their favourite scene. Mine is when Scaramanga, the man with the golden gun, shoots the cork off a bottle carried on a tray by his dwarfish servant Nic-Nack, along a now-famous Thai beach. The most comical scene must be when Sean Connery is served a 1957 Dom Pérignon, a vintage that never existed. Brilliant research!
1998 DOM PÉRIGNON ‘CUVÉE DOM PÉRIGNON OENOTHÈQUE’ | Epernay | Champagne | France | Dom Pérignon | 50PN 50CH | RJpoints 93(95)
TASTING NOTE ‘brilliant apéritif @ La Residencia in Mallorca. A very stylish wine as usual, gaining much of the late disgorging. Might be too ascetic and sea-scented for the experienced Dom Pérignondrinker. Salty, iodine, seaweed and fresh sashimi is joined by a cool floral notes and hints of kiwi fruit on the nose. The flavor also has a weak toasty element and chalky aromas that spreads with time in the glass. Velvety mineral aristocratic touch which sustains long and clean as a symphonie of Dvorak.’
The yearly result of FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE’s annual classification of ‘100 Best Champagnes’ has been published. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000.
In 2014, for the first time in this classification’s history FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE vote went to a rosé champagne, the magnificent Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002. This year FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE also awarded three honorary awards for mature Library Vintages, exceeding 15 years of age. FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE’s TOP 3 Library Vintages were Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996, Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves Grand Siècle Magnum NV and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995. Why don’t You compare the results with Champagne Clubs list from The Juhlin tasting 2014. The major difference is that our tasting is based upon the 100 best cuvée préstige from the top 50 growers and the top 50 houses. And only champagne that are available on the market at the moment. Read about our top-ranking here. In our tasting there were no rosés or single vineyard champagnes. Only Cuvée préstige …
TOP 10 Champagnes for 2014
1 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002
2 Dom Pérignon 2004
3 Louis Roederer Cristal 2002
4 Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV
5 Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002
6 Henriot Rosé Millésime 2005
7 Krug Grande Cuvée NV
8 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000
9 Krug Vintage Brut 2000
10 Pol Roger Vintage 2002
Library Vintages Honorary Awards 2014
1 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996
2 Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves de Grand Siècle Magnum NV
3 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995