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March 16, 2015

Dom Perignon Rosé 2004

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Today we are delighted to be able to offer the long-awaited new release of Dom Perignon Rosé 2004. Heralding from the superb 2004 vintage, expectations have been very high with the market impatient to get their hands on this gem. The 2004 vintage in Champagne was a delight for growers, experiencing a cool, early summer and a warm, late summer, which helped the grapes retain the necessary acidity, combined with concentrated fruit juice. Comparisons were quickly drawn with the mighty 2002 vintage, which in the eyes of many has surpassed 2004; time will tell. They are considered two of the greatest vintages in recent memory, capable of ageing and improving for a lifetime. Stylistically, the 2004 has returned to the traditional assemblage, based on 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. This follows on from the warmer 2003 vintage, which saw a higher percentage of Pinot Noir (60%).

The two leading Champagne critics, Antonio Galloni and Richard Juhlin, have confirmed the quality of Dom Perignon Rosé 2004, awarding it 94+ and 96 points respectively, giving it one of the highest average scores in the last twenty years:

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The table above also demonstrates the Dom Perignon Rosé 2004 vintage premium; unlike most other premium wines, vintage Champagne can be consumed as soon as it is released to market; the 2004 will start appearing globally this month and as a result stock will diminish quickly. As Juhlin states of Dom Perignon Rosé 2004 ‘unfortunately, far too many bottles of this adorable beautiful wine will be drunk far too early by night crowds worldwide.’ However, there is no doubt Dom Perignon Rosé will be considered and remembered as truly great and will sell quickly across the globe. As one of the truly great vintage Rosé champagnes, the 2004 will be in high demand and if the 2004 Dom Perignon Blanc is any indication, Dom Perignon Rosé will be a huge hit with collectors, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs across the globe for the next twenty years.

Dom Perignon
‘Come quickly, I am tasting stars’ is the famed expression of a 17th Century monk after his first taste of Champagne. The monk was Dom Perignon, the cellar master of the Benedictine Abbey, Hautvilliers. Diverging from common legend, he pioneered winemaking techniques such as blending grapes, the introduction of cork and enhanced the use of natural sugar. He did not invent the Champagne method, the advent of which occurred naturally due to the cool winters and warm spring months in Champagne.

In 1937 Moet et Chandon purchased the eponymously named Dom Perignon from Eugene Mercier. This has become their prestige vintage Champagne, meaning it is not made in poor vintages and is matured for 3 years, opposed to non-vintage champagne which has the minimum requirement of 1.5 years. Dom Perignon has true global recognition, the 1981 vintage was served at Lady Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding, as well as the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire.

Dom Perignon Rosé 2004,  3×75 - £525 IB or £639.47 incl duty and VAT

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 94+ Points
Relative to many other recent vintages, the 2004 Dom Pérignon Rosé comes across as quite delicate, feminine and graceful. Floral notes are woven throughout, adding to a very appealing and attractive sense of lift. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 puts on weight in bottle. At the moment, the 2004 is a bit understated, but I will not be surprised if at some point it takes off given the extremely positive way in which the 2004 blanc has developed over the last few years. 

Richard Juhlin, Vinous Media, 96 Points 
Tasted next to the lovely 95 P2 this wine felt very young and almost a little verdant. Otherwise, everything is here already. Great flowery and fruit. Obvious hints of milk chocolate, nougat, purple roses, raspberry, orange and Granny Smith apples. A tight and classic contexture. Unfortunately, far too many bottles of this adorable beautiful wine will be drunk far too early by night crowds worldwide.

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