2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon- 1.5L
Wine Critic Reviews:
Jeb Dunnuck | 98 JD
The best Dom since 2002. A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009. This has a lighter stamp of highly curated, autolytic, toasty aromas than many recent releases. Instead, this delivers super fresh and intense aromas of lemons, grapefruit and blood-orange peel. Incredible freshness here. The palate has a very smoothly delivered, berry-pastry thread with light, sweet spices, stone fruit and fine citrus fruit. This really delivers. Drink now or hold.
James Suckling | 98 JS
The 2008 Dom Pérignon is once again stunning. More than anything else, I am surprised by how well the 2008 drinks given all the tension and energy it holds. Then again, that is precisely what makes 2008 such a unique vintage – namely that the best wines are so chiseled and yet not at all austere. Lemon peel, almond, mint, smoke and crushed rocks are all finely sculpted, but it is the wine’s textural feel, drive and persistence that elevate it into the realm of the sublime. The 2008 will be even better with time in the cellar, but it is absolutely phenomenal even today, in the early going. Three recent bottles have all been nothing short of magnificent.
Vinous Media | 98 VM
Dom Perignon 2008 will leave memories in the minds of wine lovers. A powerful, toasted style, the bouquet expresses aromas of almonds, candied lemon and a slight smoky touch that gives it an additional richness. The palate is powerful with a vinous character and an almost fleshy texture. Of course, time in the cellar will allow it to express itself fully, but it's still possible to enjoy this now.
Decanter | 97 DEC
(Dom Pérignon Brut Millésime (Épernay)) I had not tasted a bottle of the 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon since my interview with Richard Geoffroy at the abbey in Hautvillers just a few months before Monsieur Geoffroy retired. I was very happy to see it generously added by John Chapman to our lineup for the second Vega Sicilia vertical that I reported on in the previous issue, as it is a wine of the same superb quality as all those great old Únicos. As I noted in my feature on Dom Pérignon, the 2008 is an absolutely classic vintage for this wine, which means it is structured, structured, structured, and at twelve years of age, still an absolute infant! The primary bouquet offers up a promising blend of apple, lime peel, menthol, superb minerality, a touch of young DP botanicals and tons of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with brisk acids, refined mousse, bruising backend mineral drive and a very long, very pure and seamlessly balanced finish. I scored this a touch lower than the bottle in Hautvillers, but I suspect that this is just the result of context and the wine has not lost any of its luster- it has only hidden its essence even further behind its electric girdle of acidity. This is years away from its apogee, but has utterly brilliant potential. (Drink between 2030-2075).
John Gilman | 96+ JG
There’s power to this graceful Champagne, with the vivid acidity swathed in a fine, creamy mousse and flavors of toasted brioche, kumquat, pastry cream, candied ginger and poached plum that dance across the palate. An underpinning of smoky mineral gains momentum on the lasting finish. *No. 5 Top 100 Wines of 2018, Collectibles
Wine Spectator | 96 WS
The 2008 Dom Pérignon continues to show very well, offering up a pretty bouquet of Anjou pear, fresh peach, citrus oil, fresh pastry, smoke and iodine. On the palate, it's full-bodied, lively and incisive, with an elegantly textural attack and a creamy core of fruit that's underpinned by a bright but nicely integrated spine of acidity. The finish is long, saline and well-defined. As I wrote earlier this year, this is the finest Dom Pérignon since 1996, Richard Geoffroy's push for additional ripeness working well with the late-maturing, high-acid vintage. While it can be appreciated young, the 2008 will really start to blossom with five or six years of bottle age.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95+ RP
Sokolin 2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Tasting Notes:
There are no words to describe this absolute perfection among wines. Drink it and fall hopelessly in love. You won’t ever settle for anything less satisfying again. The enticing bouquet of lemon, quince and some toasty notes will make your whole body in total pleasure. You won’t be sure what to praise first – the imbuing smell all around you or the sensual feeling on your palate: ideal texture, flawless balance and acidity, integrated and subtle tannins, unparalleled flavors of honey and limestone, vibrant and lively… Bound to become even better around 2030, if that’s even possible.
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The wine met all my expectations and surpassed most of themI was originally skeptical when a correspondent of mine suggested this vintage. Champagne is normally pretty low on my shopping lists, but I am really glad I went with it. It’s a very direct, pure experience, this one, and its acidity caresses and massages the palate like very few other wines I’ve tasted. On the nose, the wine is characterized by a fragrant floral presence, and, while initially shy, unfurls into a wonderful flavor cocktail.
The wine met all my expectations and surpassed most of them. I can imagine this vintage being a personal favorite of many Champagne enthusiasts. Thoroughly recommended.
straightforward and stunning on the noseI can hardly put into words just how enthralling and beautiful this wine is. It’s straightforward and stunning on the nose, with a lot of white flower and citrus influence. There’s a very smooth mint aroma coursing through the drink, giving it a classy and dignified earthy aesthetic. Just the right amount of acidity and smoke, too!
I gifted a bottle to my friend for her graduation party and got a taste of it that same night. It blew our minds! We are making arrangements to get at least one other bottle and experiment from there. This is an excellent wine, especially if you like them on the acidic side.