2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon (Lenny Kravitz Labels)- 750 ml
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.
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
I had not crossed paths with a bottle of the 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon since my visit with Richard Geoffroy last spring at the Abbé de Hautvillers and was very happy to see a bottle pop up at a recent Right Bank Bordeaux tasting to get us out of the blocks in proper style. This is one of the very best young vintages of Dom Pérignon that I have had the pleasure to taste and this is a legend in the making. While the wine is properly tight on the palate today, as most top vintages of this cuvée are for the first couple of decades out from the vintage there is a sense of creaminess in the mid-palate that augurs very, very well for its future development. The youthful bouquet offers up scents of lemon, quince, a touch of menthol, beautifully complex, salty minerality, lime peel, incipient smokiness and a bit of bread dough in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a superb core, excellent focus and grip, refined mousse and a very long, energetic and promising finish. 97+
John Gilman | 97 JG
Departing chef de caves Richard Geoffroy says that 2008 is his best DP vintage since 1990. The first half of the growing season was dull and sunless, but good weather returned in mid-September and led to one of the longest harvests, running into October. The summer provided ideal conditions for a classic, cool, maritime vintage of exceptional, subtle aromas with minerality and freshness. This has a vibrant but controlled acidity, and is above all a memorable symbiosis of mature fruit and salinity derived from top terroirs. The poised mouthfeel makes this a perfect gastronomic wine, strong enough for spicy Asian cuisine from the Pacific rim, but still compatible with classics such as roast turbot and lobster.
Decanter | 96 DEC
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.
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 (Lenny Kravitz Labels) Tasting Notes:
The wine is otherworldly pure, and the flavors rush forward like the mightiest tidal wave, exciting your tastebuds in a flash. The deeper you sink into this bottle, the more it sings to you, with strong notes of citrus, chalk, and incredibly fresh spring water. It’s a multi-dimensional drinking experience and a journey that it’s best to take slowly. Give yourself time to fully understand what your palate is going through, and you may find viticultural enlightenment. Share those same feelings with your loved ones, as great wine is at its greatest when shared with our friends and families.
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It needs more years in the bottle, that's for sure.Dom Perignon is a luxury brand for a reason. I believe they can't go wrong with wine, I'm sure of that. I loved almost everything about the 2008 edition, the color was so beautiful, golden and glowing - your glass really looks elegant on a dinner table in a fancy restaurant. I think this champagne is still too young to give the final verdict, but it will improve its complexity and balance over time. It needs more years in the bottle, that's for sure. I don't regret trying it now, though. It went really great with the dinner and it was a stunning experience despite the youthfulness. The taste is truly pleasant.
It needs more years in the bottle, that’s for sure.Dom Perignon is a luxury brand for a reason. I believe they can’t go wrong with wine, I’m sure of that. I loved almost everything about the 2008 edition, the color was so beautiful, golden and glowing - your glass really looks elegant on a dinner table in a fancy restaurant. I think this champagne is still too young to give the final verdict, but it will improve its complexity and balance over time. It needs more years in the bottle, that’s for sure. I don’t regret trying it now, though. It went really great with the dinner and it was a stunning experience despite the youthfulness. The taste is truly pleasant.
so smooth and silky - lingered in my mouth for a full minuteIncredible! I bought this champagne to celebrate my boyfriend’s promotion at work and I don’t regret it at all! He’s a true wine enthusiast and was very happy with my choice. And so was I. I don’t know much about wines, but this blew me away, it’s so drinkable you don’t even notice it. It brought luxury and that final touch to our dinner, it had the loveliest smell and the taste was… wow! I simply don’t know what else to say because I was speechless. It was so smooth and silky, and lingered in my mouth for a full minute, I think. I hope I’ll have a chance to drink it again, I’m sure I’d recognize it anywhere.