Dom P David Lynch 2003

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Unfortunately there is only one new release from Dom Perignon this year. The 2003 is one of the most unusual Dom Perignons I have ever tasted, going back to 1952. Readers will remember that 2003 was a torrid vintage across northern Europe, especially during the critical month of August, when temperatures remained very hot for well over a month. The harvest was the earliest on record, until 2011, that is. I suppose its not that surprising Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy chose to make a 2003 Dom Perignon, given his penchant for risk-taking, an approach that has yielded so many memorable wines that stretch the perception of what big brand Champagne is and can be. The 2003 Dom Perignon is a big, broad shouldered wine. It does not have the seductiveness of the 2000, nor the power of the 2002. It is instead very much its own wine. In 2003 Geoffroy elected to use more Pinot Noir than is typically the case, and that comes through in the wine’s breath and volume. The 2003 is a big, powerful Champagne that will require quite a bit of time to shed some of its baby fat. The trademark textural finesse is there, though. I expect the 2003 to be a highly divisive Champagne because of its extreme personality, but then again, many of the world’s legendary wines were made from vintages considered freakish at the time. The 2003 is an atypically, rich, powerful, vinous Dom Perignon loaded with fruit, structure and personality. It is not for the timid, but rather it is a wine for those who can be patient. No one has a crystal ball, but personally I will not be surprised if in 20 years’ time the 2003 is considered an iconic Champagne. Anticipated maturity: 2016–2038.

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Dom Perignon:
Dom Perignon is a Champagne brand often associated with luxury drinking. It has been produced since the 17th century, named after its creator, Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon, who some say is the “Father of Champagne.” It was first produced commercially in 1936. The wines are only available from certain vintages and are highly coveted. The Chef de Cave is Richard Geoff... Read more
Dom Perignon is a Champagne brand often associated with luxury drinking. It has been produced since the 17th century, named after its creator, Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon, who some say is the “Father of Champagne.” It was first produced commercially in 1936. The wines are only available from certain vintages and are highly coveted. The Chef de Cave is Richard Geoffrey, a former physician who began his wine career as the technical advisor for Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley, CA. The brand is owned by Moët Hennessy and is available in vintage blanc, vintage rosé, and Œnothéque (a blend of select vintages) blanc and rosé.  Read less

External Reviews for Dom P David Lynch

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Unfortunately there is only one new release from Dom Perignon this year. The 2003 is one of the most unusual Dom Perignons I have ever tasted, going back to 1952. Readers will remember that 2003 was a torrid vintage across northern Europe, especially during the critical month of August, when temperatures remained very hot for well over a month. The harvest was the earliest on record, until 2011, that is. I suppose its not that surprising Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy chose to make a 2003 Dom Perignon, given his penchant for risk-taking, an approach that has yielded so many memorable wines that stretch the perception of what big brand Champagne is and can be. The 2003 Dom Perignon is a big, broad shouldered wine. It does not have the seductiveness of the 2000, nor the power of the 2002. It is instead very much its own wine. In 2003 Geoffroy elected to use more Pinot Noir than is typically the case, and that comes through in the wine’s breath and volume. The 2003 is a big, powerful Champagne that will require quite a bit of time to shed some of its baby fat. The trademark textural finesse is there, though. I expect the 2003 to be a highly divisive Champagne because of its extreme personality, but then again, many of the world’s legendary wines were made from vintages considered freakish at the time. The 2003 is an atypically, rich, powerful, vinous Dom Perignon loaded with fruit, structure and personality. It is not for the timid, but rather it is a wine for those who can be patient. No one has a crystal ball, but personally I will not be surprised if in 20 years’ time the 2003 is considered an iconic Champagne. Anticipated maturity: 2016–2038.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts in this harmonious version. A delicate bead caresses the mouth, while flavors of currant pâte de fruit, dried apricot, pastry and pickled ginger expand on the palate. Subtly floral, with a fine frame of acidity driving this to the mouthwatering finish of smoky mineral and dried fruit. Drink now through 2030.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/19/2014

An impressive take on the 2003 vintage, this layers broad, rich and toasty flavors into a powerful wine. It’s full-bodied, almost meaty in its satisfying depth. Match its warmth to ris de veau.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/22/2013

A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 2003 Dom Perignon by David Lynch 750ml




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