Dom Perignon   Dom Perignon Oenotheque

1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque

By Dom Perignon

The 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque by Dom Perignon

A standout offering from one of Champagne's most cherished marques, the 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque is a remarkable display of a classic Brut’s evolution when given time to rest on its lees. The autolysis can be largely attributed to its poignant legacy of more than two decades under cork gracefully juxtaposed to '95's early drinkability.

 

Mastering Millesime characteristics: the 1995 vintage

The north-eastern French slopes were kissed abundantly by sunlight in '95, characterising the vintage with optimal maturity and plenty of ripe, generous fruit. Such lavish climatic conditions were propitious for creating wines with exceptional ageing potential, a factor that has drawn wine investment attention towards the 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque.

Champagne enthusiasts keenly recognise the wine’s signature vibrant freshness and complexity, hallmarks of the '95 harvest layered with distinct nuances from extended fermentation - an intricate interplay unseen in regular vintages.

 

A golden era in the glass

Mature yet retaining its youthful vivacity, this exquisite offering salutes the palate with notes of smoky minerals, toasted brioche and subtly evolving hints of truffle and walnut. Echoes of preserved lemon and crisp green apple peel denote an impressive crescendo of freshness, testimonies to Pierre Léon’s visionary assembly that framed the ’95 vintage.

 

Dom Perignon's legacy: value beyond the bubbles

The maturation story marked by this unique cuvée extends as an emblematic narrative of prestige and legacy well beyond its sublime tasting notes. This makes the 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque not just an extravagant beverage but an opportunity for astute fine wine investors.

To sip on a glass of this illustrious champagne is to travel back to a hallmark year in viticultural history. Simultaneously it offers an exciting journey forward into the potential financial prospects for those who understand the rhythm between vine, pleasure and profit in the world of high-end wines.

Market price (CAD)

$11,530.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

433.13

Scores and tasting notes

96

The 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque is the second release of this wine, and was disgorged in 2005. This silky-textured Champagne reveals breathtaking finesse, elegance and clarity in its perfumed bouquet, with delicate notes of pears and roasted nuts that add further complexity. The finish goes on and on. This mind-bending Champagne possesses all of the qualities of profoundness, most importantly the ability to develop beautifully in the glass and the potential to acquire even more depth in bottle over the coming years. It is a stunner. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028. Moet & Chandon is one of Champagne’s giants when it comes to the sheer number of bottles that emerge from its cellars each year. The house’s top wine, Dom Perignon, is quite possibly the most iconic wine in Champagne, and perhaps the world. Production numbers are always kept close to the vest, but that notwithstanding, it is impossible to ignore the exceptional quality that the best vintages offer. At its best Dom Perignon is also an extremely ageworthy wine. In recent years Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy has instituted a program of re-releasing newly disgorged wines under the OEnotheque program. Younger vintages see a second release (also known as second plenitude), while some of the older, classic vintages from the 1970s are on their third release (also known as third plenitude). While the OEnotheques, particularly the third releases, can be very pricey, at their finest they offer an extraordinary,otherworldly drinking experience matched by few wines in the world. Although Moet & Chandon doesn't disclose disgorgement dates, Geoffroy is considering adding that information in the near future. An article covering a number older vintages of Dom Perignon will appear soon on www.erobertparker.com Importer: Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY; tel. (212) 251-8200

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 21 December 2008

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