One of the positive surprises in this tasting, the 2003 Dom Perignon Rose is now finally beginning to put on a little weight, although it remains inward and very much tightly wound. It will be interesting to see how the Rose develops. The 2003 Blanc has always been more impressive than the Rose. This is the first time I have seen anything that suggests the gap between the two 2003 might narrow some day. Sweet exotic aromatics linger on a finish that remains marked by a slight element of astringency. Disgorged 2012.
Finely detailed in texture, with an expressive flavor profile of strawberry pate de fruit, biscotti, ground anise and ginger, matched to vivid acidity and a rich, minerally character. Broad and creamy on the palate, featuring a long, echoing finish. Drink now through 2029. -AN
Wine Maker Notes
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.