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2009 Dom Perignon

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2009 Dom Perignon from Dom Perignon

The 2009 Dom Perignon is a testament to the magnificent adaptive skills of this legendary Champagne house. In a year characterised by uncharacteristic heat and favourable weather conditions, the artisans of Dom Perignon have managed to carve a creation that embodies a truly beguiling paradox. Despite the generosity of the sun, this vintage emerges as a structured and focused champagne, bristling with minerality in a distinctive manner rarely seen in such warm vintages.


The Importance of Timing: A Brave Decision Rewarded

In 2009, the winemaker's sacrosanct choice of when to harvest proved vital. Against common tradition, Dom Perignon decided to delay their harvest. Daring to risk, they wisely waited for the much-needed September rains that helped maintain acidity, thus shaping the character of this outstanding vintage. This intuitive decision provided the necessary balance to the wine's rich fruit qualities and resulted in an offering that is both harmonious and richly expressive.

The 2009 Dom Perignon showcases expressive aromas of almond and cocoa, gently transitioning to white fruit with hints of dried flowers. On the palate, it offers an initial chalky litheness followed by an echoing persistent finish that demonstrates its investment potential.


A Vintage Transcending Climate Constraints

The climatic generosity of 2009 offered an excellent platform for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to flourish vibrantly. The resultant abundance was kept in check by the masterstroke decision to delay harvest. Hence, the 2009 Dom Perignon beautifully marries richness and preservation of structure - an attribute specific to this unique vintage in the realm of Dom Perignon champagnes.

Concluding on a high note, one could easily say that 2009 was not only an extraordinary year for Champagne itself but also for those who acknowledged and believed in its potential as a fine wine investment. For its intrinsic value and longevity, 2009 Dom Perignon from Dom Perignon stands out as one of the most promising options one can consider when looking at investing in wines with assured returns.

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Aromas of fresh brioche, green pear, waxy citrus rind, iodine and subtly autolytic top notes mingle in an inviting bouquet, introducing the 2009 Dom Pérignon. It's a medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy wine that's rich and textural, with good concentration and lively acids despite being the ripest rendition in the history of this cuvée. As I wrote earlier this year, while the wine is open and enveloping, there's also enough energy and structure here to promise good mid-term aging potential, something that becomes more apparent as the wine loses a little puppy fat.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020

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