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Dom Pérignon Gift Box 2012

Champagne from Champagne, France

$390

$380ea in any 3+
$370ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork

Description

I often bag the big houses. Reality is at the bottom end, their juice is just battery acid with alcohol and bubbles in it. The top end, the super cuvées, there’s another story. Dom Pé as I affectionately call it, along with Krug NV, Cristal and Sir Winnie Churchill are made with unlimited resources, of Grand Cru vineyard, and, as much time and detail in the winery as needed. The results are very tasty

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

From the Winery

The unpredictable seasons of 2012, their force and generosity shaped an outstanding olfactory landscape imbued with remarkable variety. A year full of paradoxes for winemaking, 2012 gave birth to a great vintage, surmounting multiple challenges.

Combining intensity, contained tautness and extreme contradictions, the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012 blend reveals a unique structure, resonating to the rhythm of controlled energy, channelled by an acidity and bitterness that burst forth magnificently.

On the Nose

The nose is full and varied, mingling flowers with fruit, and the vegetal with the mineral. The bouquet is tactile, subtly enticing us along a trail of powdery white flowers and nectareous apricot, followed by the freshness of rhubarb and mint and the minerality of ash. White pepper.

On the Palate

Energy dominates on the palate. After a welcoming opening, the wine quickly becomes vibrant and then literally explodes with a surge of effervescence and tonicity. Focused by acidic and bitter notes, the finish brings a penetrating tautness marked by ginger, tobacco and toasted accents.

Changing of the Guard

On January 1, 2019 Vincent Chaperon became the Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave. He succeeded Richard Geoffroy, with whom he has been working closely since 2005. This transmission is a compelling milestone in the history of Dom Pérignon, embodying a living heritage.

Throughout these past 13 years of intensive and close collaboration, Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon have nurtured continuous dialogue between their two approaches, as if they had been chosen through some predestined plan.

Vincent Chaperon took the responsibility for pursuing the Dom Pérignon quest. This entails three essential missions: take charge of the material legacy of existing vintages, embody the vision of Dom Pérignon and the intangible heritage passed on by Richard Geoffroy, and last but not least, carry on the commitment to vintages that defines the soul and raison d’être of Dom Pérignon, guiding it into the future.

RICHARD GEOFFROY

Between 1990 and 2009 Richard Geoffroy declared no fewer than 15 vintages in the cellars of Dom Pérignon, expressing the creative ambitions of the Maison and its unwavering commitment to an aesthetic ideal. His interpretations of the Dom Pérignon vision gave birth to the creation of the Plénitudes and their vocation: express the successive plateaus of a champagne as it matures.
Richard Geoffroy has expanded, enriched, refined and shared the universe of Dom Pérignon experiences as never before. His explorations have encompassed collaborations with global culinary luminaries such as Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adrià or Jean-François Piège, as well as artists renowned for their creativity, including David Lynch, Jeff Koons, Lang Lang and Lenny Kravitz.

VINCENT CHAPERON

Since he began working alongside Richard Geoffroy in 2005, Vincent Chaperon has taken part in thirteen harvests and declared four vintages with him. They are, in the order in which they were declared, the 2005, 2006, 2009 and, most recently, 2008. Avid for lesser traveled paths and guided by a passion as observant as it is reasoned, Vincent Chaperon brings to the Dom Pérignon project his winemaker’s sensitivity and commitment to progress. In recent years, he has initiated bold explorations of Dom Pérignon and its creative heritage. Today, these initiatives have begun to inform the knowledge, perception, vision and experience of Dom Pérignon in inventive and unprecedented ways that are already inspiring the future.

96 Points

The 2012 Dom Pérignon has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with notes of Anjou pear, smoke, toasted nuts, freshly baked bread and crisp stone fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's still tightly wound, its incipiently fleshy core of fruit framed by racy acids and chalky grip, complemented by a classy pinpoint mousse. A touch drier and a touch less reductive than the 2008 out of the gates, these two vintages are clearly destined to be compared for some time to come; but at this early stage, my instinct is that the 2012 will have the edge in the long term. (WK) 96+   (9/2021)

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate  

18.5 Points

Classic lemon-zest and tension nose that I associate with Dom Pérignon, but with extra weight and depth. And quite marked phenolics on the end which suggest this will have a remarkably long life. And, as Vincent Chaperon readily admitted, will definitely show up as a P2 star. Clean and neat and with light smokiness on the finish. Dom P always plays the reduction card. Hugely impressive persistence. Still a baby.  (4/2021)

Jancis Robinson

96 Points

This eloquent Champagne has an enticing waft of Mandarin orange on the nose that continues on the palate, which is layered with flavors of crushed blackberry and cassis, toast, chopped almond, graphite and oyster shell. A bright, finely-knit and harmonious version, with a lovely, raw silk-like mousse, and a lasting, expressive finish. Drink now through 2037. (AV) (11/2021)

Wine Spectator

97 Points

The 2012 Dom Pérignon is a dense, powerful wine. I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power. The 2012 reminds me of the 2003, but with more finesse and not quite as pushed. Mildew, rain and frost were challenges and resulted in low yields, something that was further compounded by warm, dry weather that concentrated the fruit even more. Those qualities result in a dense Dom Pérignon endowed with real phenolic intensity. It is one of the most reticent young Doms I can remember tasting, I wouldn’t even think of opening a bottle for at least a few years. (AG)   (5/2021)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Moët et Chandon, Avenue de Champagne, Épernay, France

Champagne
France