Dom Pérignon is one of the most celebrated and iconic champagne brands in the world, which makes it only natural that there is an excited anticipation at the release of the 2009 vintage.2009 is a year to put a smile on the faces of Champagne drinkers everywhere. A vintage that has the critics using glowing superlatives; ‘charming’, ‘majestic’, ‘totally seductive’, ‘glorious fruit’, ‘lovely texture’; and to top that off there’s no need to wait, it’s drinking beautifully right now.
2009 was a warm vintage and the harvest was carried out in idyllic conditions. The fruit was magnificently mature and flawlessly healthy; the Pinot Noir in particular shone. Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon Chief de Cave, described the 2009 as having ‘restrained power and incredible persistence’, adding, ‘The texture is not creamy, it’s silky’.
2009 is a vintage champagne drinkers will celebrate, and is utterly delicious right now. Just what we need given the releases of vintages such as 2006 and looking forward to 2008 (there will be no 07) will require patience and cellaring. Antonio Galloni sums it up perfectly:
The 2009 Dom Pérignon is a gorgeous, totally seductive Champagne that will drink well right out of the gate…. the 2009 is one of the most accessible young Dom Pérignons I can remember tasting. It is an excellent choice to drink while waiting for the release of the stellar 2008 and some recent vintages that remain very young, including the 2006.
We take our hats off to Richard and his team for crafting an accessible and utterly beautiful champagne which we can we can all enjoy now. Dom Pérignon may take risks, but we can happily reap the glorious rewards.
*Available in November 2017
Dom Pérignon 2009
£565 per 6 IB / £697.97 per 6 inc VAT
The 2009 Dom Pérignon is a gorgeous, totally seductive Champagne that will drink well right out of the gate. Medium in body and unusually open-knit at this stage, the 2009 is one of the most accessible young Dom Pérignons I can remember tasting. It is an excellent choice to drink while waiting for the release of the stellar 2008 and some recent vintages that remain very young, including the 2006. Despite the warm, ripe personality of the 2009 Dom Pérignon is quite gracious, but there is plenty of depth underpinning the fruit. With each successive tasting, the 2009 seems to have gained more power and breadth, especially on the finish. Above all else, the 2009 is decidedly restrained for a warm, radiant vintage. It is not as overtly flamboyant as the 2002 nor as phenolically intense as years like 2003 and 2006. Instead, the 2009 is a beautifully balanced Champagne, with all of its elements in the right place. Antonio Galloni 94 points
Released before the ‘tighter’ 2008, the standout character of the 2009 according to chef de cave, Richard Geoffroy is fruit, glorious fruit’. With its floral note, taffeta texture and linear finish, this balances power and restraint with precision and charm. Stephen Spurrier 97 points
Very pale, very youthful nose. Lots of zest and freshness. Introvert and tight. But approachable in terms of texture. The flavour is not fully formed yet but it is already a pleasure to drink from the point of view of balance, presumably due to relatively low acidity. Light hint of bitterness on the end. Length. Palate-enrobing! Lovely texture. Jancis Robinson 18+ points
“Unbroken sun through August and early September helped to shape an idyllic harvest, on 12th September. Superb maturity of fruit in flawless health has produced a wine with wafting scents of both fresh and confit of spiced lemon and wild cherry. Despite the heat, the wine has freshness, vitality and length. Still a youngster, this will grow greatly by 2019. A more stylish son of the ’03, and cousin of the slender and charming ’06. Disgorged June 2016” .
Drinking Window 2019 – 2027 Michael Edwards, Decanter 96 points
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