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Dom Perignon 2005

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Description & Technical Information
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Dom Pérignon is only available as a vintage champagne and is only produced in exceptional years. Each vintage is a creation, singular and unique, that expresses both the character of the year, and the character of Dom Pérignon. After at least eight years of lees ageing in the cellars, the wine enters its first phase of interest, Plenitude 1, showing quite youthful fruit and broad texture from the lees contact. The signature Dom Pérignon aromatic is that "hint smoky" character a result of the reductive winemaking where they go to extreme lengths to keep each step of the winemaking process free of oxygen. With every sip of Dom Perignon you always have that purity of fruit character, depending on the vintage you normally see the Pinot Noir fruit dominate, which are those red fruits like raspberry, peach and dark cherry. The Chardonnay adds a supporting layer of chalky texture and delicious fruit in the yellow spectrum like plum, apple and tropical notes of pineapple. With production just 20-25% of the volume of 2004 and the smallest of Richard Geoffroy's tenure, this release lasted just under six months.

Weather: The 2005 vintage was unpredictable and full of contrasts. The weather was mostly warm with little rain, however a heatwave in August followed by a cool and rainy September moderated initial anticipation. In the end, a drastic selection in the vineyard ensured a limited volume of exceptional quality and indeed, 2005 was an extremely short vintage.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2025

Tasting Note: At first this is quite tight on the nose with delicate hints of pear and apple. It is immediately much richer on the palate, developing more with every five minutes that we revisited it. Delightfully ripe green fruits, burnt apple and caramel flavours. This is quite light with impressively balanced acidity. Probably not a champagne for long-term ageing, but a fantastic production from a tough vintage.
Champagne Dom Perignon Overview
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Expert Reviews
94/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon is starting to enter its first plateau of maturity, where the aromas and flavors show the early signs of the development that takes place over time in bottle. Apricot, candied orange peel, dried flowers, mint and pineapple are nicely delineated in the glass. Soft and silky on the palate, the 2005 is quite welcoming and inviting”
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Magnum. Very tricky year. Super-concentration. Then rain and rot. They had to go fast and sort scrupulously. Very small volume of Dom Pérignon was made: only a quarter of the volume of 2004. The smallest ever apart from 2002 rosé, made because of market demand. It was very unusual to declare a prestige cuvée 2005 so Richard Geoffroy is protective about this.
Strong citrus character – mandarin peel perhaps – and a little chewy on the finish. But good to drink now.
Drink 2016-2026”
94/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon is just starting to enter its first plateau of maturity, as the aromas and flavors now show the complexity and nuance of a wine that has been in bottle for a number of years. Dried apricot, smoke, dried flowers, orange peel, almond and chamomile give the 2005 its signature flavor profile. More mature hazelnut and coffee notes aren’t too far away. Today, it is the wine’s density that is most surprising, but that should allow the wine to age gracefully for many years to come. ”
93 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Mild, seductively sweet, come-hither nose with a harmonious melange of freshly ground coffee, dark fruit, struck match, vanilla and exotic spices. Truly inviting and generous already, without shyness. The selection has been strict as there is at least to date no whiffs of botrytis troubling most champagnes of the vintage. Fully ripe fruit profile laudably in absence of any overripe characters. Unusually spicy with ginger and honey tones. Characteristically DP on the nose but less toasty than most vintages. But its most remarkable character is textural. The palate is super smooth and creamy, like fluffy cotton wool. Round and mellow with yeasty fullness and an energizing mineral bite at the fresh finish. A beautiful, unusually vinous and Chardonnay-dominant Dom Pérignon to enjoy today and in the mid-term. But act soon as this vintage was a tiny one with stocks counted to last only until late 2015.”
93+/20
Robert Parker
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon has a brilliant white-golden color and is intense on the yeasty nose, where vegetal aromas along with almond and rather discreet fruit flavors are displayed, before they intensify and become more rich. Firm, fresh and elegant, this is a full-bodied, complex and pretty rich, well concentrated and creamy-textured DP with a tightly woven structure; it has a still somewhat edgy finish. There is bit more Pinot Noir than usual in this blend, whereas the produced quantity is relatively low. Due to strict selections, just the half of the normal quantity was produced.”
93+/100
Stephen Reinhardt
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon has a brilliant white-golden color and is intense on the yeasty nose, where vegetal aromas along with almond and rather discreet fruit flavors are displayed, before they intensify and become more rich. Firm, fresh and elegant, this is a full-bodied, complex and pretty rich, well concentrated and creamy-textured DP with a tightly woven structure; it has a still somewhat edgy finish. There is bit more Pinot Noir than usual in this blend, whereas the produced quantity is relatively low. Due to strict selections, just the half of the normal quantity was produced.”
94/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon is lifted and precise throughout, with a classy, understated personality to match. Pear, apple, mint and white flowers are laced together in a finely-knit fabric of pure class. Two thousand five was a challenging vintage because of rot issues, especially in Pinot Noir. As a result, the 2005 Dom Pérignon is more than 60% Chardonnay, which is quite unusual. Soft, and open-knit, the 2005 is the most complete Dom Pérignon for drinking now among recent vintages. I suspect the 2005 will also have a shorter arc of life next to some of the truly epic wines that surround it.”
94/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon is a festive way to kick off our 2005 Bordeaux retrospective. Fresh and vibrant, with the classic hints of DP reduction, the 2005 is super-expressive tonight. Although not one of the truly epic Dom Pérignons, the 2005 offers lovely energy, while its mid-weight personality makes it an excellent choice for current drinking. The bright, precise style is the perfect complement to David Bouley's hors d'oeuvres.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Tasted blind. Mid gold. Intense savoury nose – more savoury than many stereotypical Doms on the nose. A little weak on the (medium) finish. But excellent aroma. Just very slightly sweet on the mid palate. Improved in the glass. 2005?”
93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Mild, seductively sweet, come-hither nose with a harmonious melange of freshly ground coffee, dark fruit, struck match, vanilla and exotic spices. Truly inviting and generous already, without shyness. The selection has been strict as there is at least to date no whiffs of botrytis troubling most champagnes of the vintage. Fully ripe fruit profile laudably in absence of any overripe characters. Characteristically DP on the nose. But its most remarkable character is textural. The palate is super smooth and creamy, like fluffy cotton wool. Round and mellow with yeasty fullness and an energizing mineral bite at the fresh finish. A beautiful, unusually Chardonnay-dominant Dom Pérignon to enjoy today and in the mid-term. But act soon as this vintage was a tiny one with stocks counted to last only until late 2015.”
95/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon is incredibly delicate, understated and silky, with gorgeous textural balance and class. Today, the 2005 comes across as a smaller-scaled version of the 2004 in that it is a Dom Pérignon built on finesse rather than the power that characterizes vintages such as 2002 and 2003. Today, the 2005 is a bit inward and not fully expressive, which is a good sign for the future. Still, given its mid-weight structure and previous showings, my impression is that the 2005 is best suited to near and medium-term drinking. Then again, Dom Pérignon has a brilliant track record for aging. Any way you look at it, though, there is little question Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy made one of the two or three Champagne of the vintage in 2005. As I have written previously, 2005 will be a very small release by Dom Pérignon standards. So much so, that the 2006 is likely to be released by the end of 2015.”
97/100
James Suckling
“ I believe that the 2005 DP is the best since 2002, which remains the best recent vintage and is probably only eclipsed by the amazing 100-point 1996. The 2005 is a full-bodied DP with so much richness and loads of ripe fruit such as pineapple and papaya. It has a wonderful, creamy texture and a long and intense finish. It’s a Champagne that fully satisfies but at the same time challenges you with its strength, depth and persistence on the palate.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged in late 2013 in order to be released in March 2015.
The nose is immediately big, broad and almost sweet with a strong sensation of baked apple. This wine is already quite open – quite a contrast with the usual much tenser impression given by young Dom Pérignons. Relatively light and pretty, this is a pleasing, well balanced, relatively evolved wine with the lightest of bitter notes on the finish. But it’s unlikely to go down in history as one of the great Dom Ps.”
95/100
Roger Voss
“With some age, this is a gloriously ripe and toasty wine. It has a rich character emphasized by the round texture and the creamy mousse. It also has great concentration, bringing together acidity as well as dense secondary flavors. With its rich, mature character, it is best suited for food. It is ready to drink, but will hold well through 2025.”
95/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2005 Dom Pérignon opens with the classic Dom Pérignon bouquet. Warm toasty notes meld into expressive fruit in a supple, silky Champagne endowed with stunning depth, nuance and complexity. Sweet floral notes add lift as the wine opens up in the glass. Overall, the 2005 is a relatively delicate, gracious DP, but what it lacks in depth it more than makes up with persistence and its open, totally inviting personality. Today it's hard to see the 2005 making old bones, but it is a gorgeous wine to drink while the 2004 ages. In 2005, the release is scheduled to last about six months, which means production is down around 50% over normal levels. All I can say is the 2005 is fabulous, especially in a vintage that required considerable sorting to eliminate rampant rot in the Pinots.”
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