Dom Pérignon 2006 - "A beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon"
For many, Dom Pérignon is the benchmark for prestige cuvée vintage Champagne and the name is synonymous with quality as much as it is with luxury.
Robert Parker once said that “the effort to produce such a consistently brilliant wine must be applauded”. Indeed, the last five releases have an average score of 96 points.
With 97 points from Antonio Galloni, Dom Pérignon 2006 is the third highest scoring vintage of the last 10 releases but, priced at £1,075 per dozen, it is the second lowest priced vintage.
In short, there is currently a huge disparity between the quality of Dom Pérignon 2006 and its price.
Out of these last 10 releases, the 2006 is only outscored by the 2004 (97+ points) and the 2002 (98 points), but both of these vintages are more expensive.
Scores aside, it must be said that the 1996 remains the most sought after vintage of the past 20 years and, in spite of its inferior score of 95 points, it is currently trading at almost double the price of the 2006.
Antonio Galloni describes the 2006 as “a beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon that strikes an incredibly appealing stylistic middle ground” , between the ripeness of 2002 and the freshness of 2004.
It truly is a remarkable Champagne.
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The 2006 Dom Pérignon is a beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon that strikes an incredibly appealing stylistic middle ground. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2006 shows off fabulous intensity in a style that brings together the ripeness of 2002 with the greater sense of verve and overall freshness that is such a signature of the 2004. Bass notes and a feeling of phenolic grip on the finish recall the 2003, as the Pinot Noir is particularly expressive today. After an irregular summer that saw elevated temperatures in July followed by cooler, damp conditions in August, more favorable weather returned in September, pushing maturation ahead and leading to a long, protracted harvest. The 2006 falls into the family of riper, more voluptuous Dom Pérignons, but without veering into the level of opulence seen in vintages such as 2002. Drink 2016 - 2046.
A graceful, minerally version, featuring rich notes of smoke, mandarin orange peel and chalk that lead to subtle accents of crème de cassis, toasted almond, espresso and star anise on the fine, creamy mousse. Seamlessly knit, with citrusy acidity leaving a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2031.
Bright pale lemon colour in the glass, the nose here is incredibly refined, with light citrus and creamy stone fruits layered by a smoky, struck flint note and rounded by hints of toast and brioche. The palate is vibrant and fresh, structured by a line of refreshing acidity and textured by a fine, persistent mousse. The flavour profile is one of cool but ripe stone fruits that give a mineral edge, then lots of creamy, buttered peaches as the power and intensity builds into an almost Burgundian note. This has superb flavour intensity, and the finish is long, fine, and lifted, with white flowers, white peach and little toast to add complexity. A superb Dom Perignon with real ageing potential.
The featured wine is bright and floral with white flower detail and a very clean finish. RG – ‘The sweet mid-palate had high pH that we had to deal with. We had to work hard to gain balance in this vintage’. I cannot sense this effort in the finished wine which is testament to the skill behind the scenes. This is a very discreet and elegant vintage and I like it a lot. It appears gentle and captivating with luminosity and grace. The higher pH (lower acidity) had to be ‘turned around’ in the winery and while RG insists that there is a lot of winemaking here I can only sense pearlescent restraint and shimmering beauty. This is a very alluring wine with and it will undoubtedly age smoothly and gather more complexity in time. The blend is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.