This vintage hits the palate with the scent of guava and curry leaves, only to melt into the more familiar, classic zest of ripe stone fruit. It finishes with notes of cocoa and toasted spices to round off the symphony of scents. It is a rich, bracing wine, more powerful and structured with every swallow. It ends with a touch of licorice on a backdrop of juicy, bitter-sweet blood oranges.
The Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005 has an exceedingly fresh acidity to it, with a vibrant structure that makes it a wonderful pair with elegant seafood dishes and nutty, earthy sides such as langoustines with hummus, or raw salad vegetables like asparagus paired with a spoonful of decadent caviar. Our Kaviari Beluga Caviar, elegantly creamy and smooth with a light buttery finish, would go perfectly in such a dish. Delicate, thin cuts of barely cooked Wagyu—just a hint of char along the edges—on a bed of chilled, spiced turnip greens will bring the smokey minerality of this wine to the forefront. A dark, dark chocolate dessert, be it a cake or chocolate-covered fruit, with this rosé would be unforgettable.
The character of the seasons in every year are vital considerations in winemaking. None more so than in the particular vineyards that produce Dom Pérignon Champagne. The year 2005 was hot and dry in the early summer, but tempered by rains and cool weather toward the harvest season. The selection was of limited volume that year, but one of incredible quality and aromatic maturity.
Fine sparkling wine must be handled with care. For short-term storage (a few days to a month), you can keep your bottle upright—but away from bright or artificial light. For long-term storage, especially for vintage cuvées, you must store the bottles on their side in a wine rack or cellar to keep the cork from drying out. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 10°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 1 to 3 days standing upright in the refrigerator.