2003 Dom Perignon, Vintage Brut Champagne (Moet et Chandon) France.
It is a great surprise to find the 2003 Dom to be as good as it is, especially from such a hot vintage as 2003 was, in fact the ’03 Dom is lovely and exotic with loads of pure Chardonnay fruit and lush richness. I might suggest drinking this Dom up early, as there is not much reason to lay this year down in the cellar, and I think it is as good as it will get now almost, though a few years shouldn’t pose any serious problems. The nose is creamy and toasty with pineapple, baked apples, pear and peach flavors flowing on the palate with brioche, dough and lemon curd. Maybe not a classic Dom, but charming and rewarding just the same and an amazing effort for the vintage.
($160 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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