2004 Moet & Chandon Cuvee Dom Perignon

Year: 2004
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 97+
James Suckling: 96
Jeff Leve: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$149.95

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"A graceful Champagne, with minerally drive. Firm acidity and a rich vein of smoky mineral meshes with the plush texture, offering finely woven flavors of mirabelle jam, toasted brioche, crunchy pear, honey and smoked almond. Delivers a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2029." (WS)

"Lily-of-the-valley perfume and scents of lightly toasted brioche and almond rise from the glass of Moët’s 2004 Brut Dom Pérignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop – also already intimated in the nose – lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by alkaline, nutty, liquid-floral, and nori seaweed notes for a performance of head-scratching subtlety and intrigue. (In case my description hasn’t already made clear, we have here inter alia a fantastic sushi wine.) This will be worth following for at least the next 6-8 years, in the course of demonstrating that iconic status as a luxury brand, and elevated (albeit secret) production numbers by no means preclude a wine of understated as well as profound beauty. What’s more, the price-quality rapport here is excellent by any Champagne standards, and puts that of many a prestige cuvée to shame." (WA)

"A Champagne of crystalline precision, the 2004 Dom Pérignon once again shows off its pedigree and total class. Everything about the 2004 speaks to nuance. The flavors are bright and lifted throughout, but it is the wine's lithe, gracious shape that stands out most. Pear, slate, white flowers, sage and crushed rocks abound in a Dom Pérignon built on cool, brisk energy. Today, the 2004 is simply dazzling, with plenty of upside for the future." (VM)

"A return to regular form after the wild 2003 edition, this is business as usual in terms of the composed and complex swagger that is a hallmark of Dom. Good deep autolysis here, toasty yeasty characters wrap around a wealth of grapefruit and pithy lemon citrus notes; the chardonnay rings clear as a bell at around half of the blend. The palate has assertive, driving power and fully formed deep-seated phenolic presence with a chord of acidity steering it through a long, fresh and gently nutty finish. Classic Dom is back! Best drunk around 2019." (JS)

"Notes of brioche, lemon peel, minerality, cocoa powder and citrus, this medium bodied wine has good freshness, ripe fruits and energy, but lacks the weight, depth, excitement and complexity of other recent, more heralded vintages. If I was currently looking for more Dom Perignon, I'd buy more of the 2002 today. 93 points - Tasted Nov 24, 2013" (JL)