The 2004 vintage is one of superlatives: a year like no other, defined by extremes. The vineyard was first touched by severe spring frosts and then by an unparalleled heat wave. The vintage of a perfectly ripe and healthy small harvest, is thus the most precocious since 1822. The nose sings out loud and clear, beginning with fresh, intense red fruit, redcurrants and wild strawberries, complemented by warm notes of ripe hay, blood orange ad cocoa. The attack is smooth and embracing, but it is the impression of precision that dominates in the end. The wine's chiseled integrity, intense and penetrating, is prolonged with the unexpected hint of green citrus that marks the vintage.
The full bodied ease of the 2004 vintage will leave its mark on the history of Dom Perignon. In stark contrast to the previous year, the wines experienced steady, problem free vegetative growth, with abundant, sizable grape clusters. There were no weather extremes during most of the season - even the month of August was rather cool. It was the dry heat of the final weeks that made the vintage what it is. The harvest of the mature, healthy crop began on September 24.