Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon Rosé 1996

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Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon Rosé 1996


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The 1996 vintage has all the inimitable traits of Dom Perignon Rose. It has the lightheartedness, vivacity and vibrancy of the Pinot Noir grape while still maintaining the balance between the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that is unique to the Dom Perignon style. Color: Coppery pink with light orange highlights. On the nose: The aroma of malt rapidly leads into that of well-ripened fruit, nectarine and wild strawberries, complemented by smoky, peaty accents. On the palate: In a paradox that typifies the vintage, concentration and movement vie each other with an affirmation of boldness and authority. The tastes progress with strength-tense, radiant and sharp. The finish is firm, underscored with a slightly vanilla-spicy note.
Category Sparkling Wine
Region France, Champagne, Epernay
Brand Moët & Chandon
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe 1996 Dom Perignon Rose has lost some of its freshness and also developed a more candied profile since I last tasted it about six months ago. Geoffroy describes 1996 as a challenging vintage, especially for the Pinot, which suffered somewhat from the heat and has sometimes shown blowsy characteristics. The 1996 remains a generous, layered version of this wine. The best bottles are drinking beautifully today and have the structure to continue to drink well for at least another decade. In general though, my preference has been to drink Dom Perignon Rose relatively early (within 15 years or so of the vintage) as my experiences with older wines has been decidedly mixed. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

Antonio Galloni, March 2009
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Wine EnthusiastThis is going to be a great wine: going to be, because it is still firm, dry, serious and very pure with structure over the red fruits and acidity. Give this wine another five years at leastÃÆ'¢â‚¬â€and then it will be both impressive and delicious.

Roger Voss, November 1, 2006