Aging it... (Received as 22nd birthday gift from Axel Sawczuk).
I had it recently (Feb.2) and it had the balance, finesse and finish that were first rate. It was as good as any vintage Krug that I've tasted. It reminded me of a Chevalier-Montrachet (but with bubbles!). It's worth every penny in my book. I bought mine at the duty free shop in San Juan, Puerto Rico while on a cruise. It's possible that my bottle was a little further along in maturity due to a possible difference in storage conditions but that is conjecture. I don't think you can ask for more in a wine.
Crisp, good finish, excellant nose - my wife and I really like this year.
Not sure I agree with the gentleman who dubbed this overly acidic, because it combines an ample richness and a crisp and to me refreshing acidity almost perfectly. Really very focused, almost linear, but with time in glass - enjoyed a bottle with a friend last month - it improves and certainly shows its evident class in the yeasty, apple/citrus and chalky mineral flavors that go on and on. Too tight compared to how it will be in 10 years? Will one appreciate it even more in 10, 15 years? Sure. But yummy now, too, if you must insist.
Unless you are willing to wait for about 10 years to lay it down, Dom Perignon is not worth the money. A simple NV champagne such as Drappier is 10 times better. Dom is too young to drink as soon as you buy it from the store. It is bitter and acidic, like any vintage champagne that is drank too early. So like waiting for a hot girl to turn 18, be just as patient with newer Vintage Champagne, or else you are just asking for a lot of trouble from the judge, er, bottle.
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