|Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay,
|slightly damaged giftbox
The 1999 Dom Perignon is a little flabbier than the 2000. Smoke, toastiness, tar and ripe fruit emerge from the glass in a generous, expansive style. The 1999 offers more body than the 2000 but the aromas and flavors are less well-articulated. This is a relatively simple Dom Perignon, yet the wine possesses outstanding balance and plenty of harmony. According to Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy the warm vintage also resulted in relatively high yields, and the low-acid style is most reminiscent of the 1976
There's a high-toned minty graphite accent to the aroma, with a citric edge on the palate. The structure is overlaid with lemon and bread dough notes. This is tight and crisp on the finish, so break out the sole or shellfish, or wait a few years.
Much more evolved nose than the P2 2000 just tasted. Fully mature, nutty nose. Round and approachable. Difficult to spit.
A ripe Dom Perignon that was easy to love in its youth, with its exotic-yellow fruit and low acidity. Many feared for its longevity, yet those fears have proved unfounded. After navigating an awkward phase (when the bouquet became redolent of caramel toffee), the wine has shed weight and returned to fruit. Now, a generous, mouth-filling Champagne, showing oily viscosity from mature Chardonnay. I'd drink up soon, but still very good indeed.