James Suckling
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Dom Perignon Brut 2012

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Product description

Dom Perignon only creates vintage wines; it is an absolute commitment. Only the best grapes from the most exceptional years are used, making each vintage distinct. It is the perfect embodiment of the Power of Creation, an act that elevates the mind and enlightens the world. The luminous sweetness of tropical fruit, green mango, melon, and pineapple, instantly shines. It then cedes to more delicate notes, the tingle of orange zest, the mist of mandarin orange. The wine breathes, revealing its freshness. They bloom after the rain, a tactile sensation of peony, jasmine, and lilac. The wine immediately imposes its ample presence, full and massive. A sappy feeling dominates as the tactile is rapidly overtaken by the aromatic. The body unfolds: generous, firm and controlled. Then it contracts, letting the wine vibrate with spices and pepper. The energy is sustained to a scintillating, saline finish.

98 Points - Decanter

What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon! Pastry, a hint of smoke, and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (lime, tangerine and kumquat) joined by those of fresh fruit, herbs, licorice, and menthol. There is even a refreshing note of ivy. The palate is tense, vibrant, and fresh despite its impressive density, which meets its match with a lasting finish. This 2012 incarnates the very essence of Dom Pérignon with such a concentrated degree of intensity and a capacity for ageing that it is surely destined for a second life in a P2 edition.

97 Points - Vinous

The 2012 Dom Pérignon is a dense, powerful wine, and I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power. 2012 reminds me of 2003, but with more finesse and not entirely as pushed. Mildew, rain and frost were challenges and resulted in low yields, further compounded by warm, dry weather that concentrated the fruit even more. Those qualities result in a dense Dom Pérignon endowed with real phenolic intensity. It is one of the most reticent young Doms I can remember tasting. I wouldn’t even think of opening a bottle for at least a few years.

97 Points - James Suckling

Incredible elegance and balance to this Dom Pérignon with cooked apple, lemon and hints of white pepper and salt. It’s medium-bodied with excellent bubbles and balance. Spicy at the end. So wonderfully fresh, linear and long. Racy and elegant. A DP that invites you to drink right now. All about finesse. Tension, too, with precise phenolics and bright acidity on the back palate. Subtle energy. Drinkable now but will develop beautifully in the bottle.