The 2003 Dom Pérignon is in a gorgeous place right now. To be sure, it is a powerful Champagne that reflects the personality of a year marked by frost, that took out 70% of the Chardonnay, and then record heat and drought over the summer. The 2003 is just starting to head into its first plateau of maturity. Brioche, baked apple tart, lemon confit and marzipan build into the rich, layered finish. (Originally published in May 2021)
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2038
Robert Parker 93
The 2003 Dom Perignon is maturing very gracefully in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of smoke, bread dough, waxy lemon rind and confit citrus. On the palate, the wine is ample, vinous and full-bodied but retains excellent definition, and it’s structured around chewy dry extract from mature skins, which compensates for its comparative lack of acidity. It will be interesting to follow its evolution over the coming decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033
Racy and lacy and confident. Bit of bite and not as long as some but perfectly creditable. Quite sweet and not the longest but very far from a failed Dom.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021