1990 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1990 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon

This is really incredible with orange peel, dried pineapple and flan. Exotic. Full body, round and savory. Crazy character at the finish of cooked pineapple and tart tartine. Gorgeous; can't believe it.

James Suckling | 99 JS
The profoundly rich 1990 Dom Perignon is a creamy-textured, full styled offering that loses none of its elegance in spite of its flavor authority. It will improve for 5-10 years, and appears capable of surpassing the fabulous 1985 and 1982. It seems obvious that the quality of the 1990 Champagne vintage is going to be remarkable, and the world-wide demand will be unprecedented. The message - buy them now!

Robert Parker | 96 RP
(Moët & Chandon Brut - Dom Perignon (magnum) Champagne/Sparkling) This is a wine that I know extremely well from 750 ml and it's one that is beginning to tire though I hasten to point out that it's still enjoyable and just beginning to show signs of fatigue. However there are no such concerns with the same wine from magnum that remains magnificently fresh and while it's clear that the aromas are mature, that's not at all the same thing as describing the yeasty and baked apple suffused nose as tiring. There is equally good depth and vibrancy to the beautifully delineated flavors that are supported by a fine and firm mousse that allows the texture of a well-aged Dom to be easily appreciated. For my taste this has arrived at its peak though note well that it should easily be capable of effortlessly holding for years to come. (Drink starting 2015).

Burghound | 95 BH
(Dom Perignon) The ’90 DP is just beginning to develop its secondary elements, as it soars from the glass in a complex mélange of ripe apples and pears, strong minerality, a bit of honey, fresh baked bread, notes of almond paste, slight herbal notes and a topnote of lemon zest. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and chardonnay-driven, with outstanding soil inflection, great depth at the core, and a fine girdle of acidity framing the long, powerful finish. This is now climbing into its saddle of maturity, where it will drink brilliantly for the next two decades. A superb, powerful and opulent vintage of DP, that delivers a broad palate impression coupled to outstanding focus and breed. Impressive juice. (Drink between 2005-2025).

John Gilman | 95 JG
Pale color. Youthful aromas of lemon, quince, pear, toast, spice, chalk and red berries. Big, sweet and seamless, if a bit clenched in the early going. A powerful, very young wine whose fruit builds slowly in the mouth and explodes on the finish. A charry note contributes to its complexity. Possesses amazing depth of fruit, but the high quality of this wine can most easily be seen today on the extraordinary finish. May ultimately merit a 95+ rating.

Vinous Media | 93 VM

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Vintage 1990
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Moet & Chandon: The world of Champagne would never be the same without Moet & Chandon, one of France's most reputable and influential wineries. With 1190 hectares of limestone-infused grapevine soil, the creative visionaries behind Moet have maintained a level of quality that is unmatched by any of their peers and competitors. Imagine yourself standing in a massive field of grapevines as they sway gently in the afternoon breeze - it's like a fragrant green ocean in the countryside, and it's a sight that can leave anyone speechless. Those of us fortunate enough to have paid the estate a visit will forever cherish the memory, as Moet & Chandon occupies an essential place in wine history. Just think of all the wines that currently rest in their vast underground cellars, and feel your mouth salivating at the prospect of tasting one.
Rating 99 JS
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine. These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Type of Wine Champagne: Nothing like a refreshing, vivacious glass of fine Champagne during a hot summer afternoon. Typically combining Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, each Champagne house has a distinct style. Whether you want to sample a single varietal (such as the 100% Chardonnay blanc de blancs) or a tasteful blend, no region can compete with Champagne.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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