DOM PERIGNON Blanc Vintage 2010
The year 2010 produced many vintage and sensational wines such as Bordeaux and Burgundy. However, only a few champagne houses declared a vintage. The Dom Perignon Blanc Vintage 2010 was an exception.
The winter of 2010 was rigorous. Spring ran dry and late. After a really sunny decade, it was really refreshing. Summer that year was not excessively hot. Then, two days of heavy downpours brought this ideal weather to a halt. In just a few days, a type of mold (botrytis mold) developed on the Pinot Noir grapes.
A decision had to be made quickly. Every minute counted. Although the grapes were not fully mature yet, Dom Perignon, the champagne brand, deployed all its resources to trace a precise map delimiting the maturity and health of each parcel in its vineyards.
The strategy was to put 20 percent of the Pinot Noir plots aside and pick those grapes three weeks later. The champagne house accepted that they would lose the majority of the grapes to the botrytis. With this decision, all the resources at hand were channeled at the right moment in the right place to save the vintage champagne.
As experts, the champagne house managed to save excellent plots of pinot noir grapes. Thus, the Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne 2010 was born.
Surprisingly, even to Dom Perignon, the Pinot Noir grapes had the second highest level of acidity of the past decade, just after 2008 vintage champagnes. The high acidity enhances and heightens other flavours, creating a sense of harmony in your mouth. Without this acidity, champagne will taste rather flat.
Declared as a vintage quite literally ‘saved from the waters’, the 2010 vintage champagne is literally a champagne that shows off the best champagne brand’s mastery of the craft.
The taste of this fantastic vintage champagne is like no other. On the nose, there is a luminous sweetness of tropical fruit, namely green mango, melon and pineapple. These fruity notes then cede to a more temperate note with tingles of orange zest with mists of mandarin orange. Fresh sensations of peonies, jasmine and lilac are all conveyed just on the nose.
On the palate, this Champagne Dom Perignon is immediately full and massive. It makes it’s presence known indeed. A sappy sensation dominates the palate as the tactile is rapidly overtaken by the aromatic. It unfolds gracefully in a generous, firm and controlled manner. Then it contracts with the tastes of spices and pepper.
The notable phenolic backbone, which is very much a part of Dom Perignon champagne, is something champagne experts know and love. The acidity, phenolics and flesh give the champagne a salivating refreshing finish. As for the Dom Perignon price, you can get a bottle at only RM769 (after discount) with free shipping to your doorstep from Whisky.my.
As a vintage champagne, much less during a year where vintages are scarce, it is a steal! Pop a bottle during celebrations, parties and anniversaries or just celebrate life with this great bottle of champagne.