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This vintage Champagne from Dom Pérignon releases a beautiful three-part aroma. At first, it is gently sweet, scented with tropical fruit—green mango, melon, and pineapple. This is soon joined by the refreshing tones of orange zest and mandarin orange. The end notes are reminiscent of petrichor, with floral peony, jasmine, and lilac breathing out freshness. The wine possesses complex flavor notes, the distinct mineral tones expressed with extra warmth and a remarkably well-integrated acidity. All throughout, it remains firm, controlled, and aromatic with promise.
This particular vintage pairs well with spices. Whether sipped alongside well-charred meats or delicate raw fish dishes, this Champagne will delight in its effervescence and solid end notes on the palate. It is a playful blend that goes especially well with nutty aged cheeses. The stronger and the older the cheese, the more complex the interplay of flavors. The 2010 vintage will give Champagne lovers something to truly celebrate.
The year 2008 was a dubious year for Dom Pérignon. The skies were gray and gloomy, uncharacteristically so after the bright, sunny skies of the previous few years. As the company reports, just when they were about begin what they thought would be a lackluster harvest, the clouds parted to reveal clear blue skies and a wonderful northeasterly wind swept through the vineyards. The grapes turned out to be much healthier and riper than they could have hoped for, leading to the creation of one truly marvelous vintage.
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.