(2019) Only my second encounter with this wine since its initial release. So not toasty! The nose delivers an intense blast of banana oil (possibly a consequence of the combined effects of drought and reduced yields). The attack is somewhat gentle, the aromas building through mid-palate. The fruit is super dense, coating the palate with its viscosity. Chewy, powerful, rather potent, an unusually early drinker for a Dom Pérignon release. A strong similarity to the blanc version here, and again, I’d probably wait for the P2 or P3 versions of this wine as extended lees aging should help manage the excesses of the vintage. Drink from 2019 until 2023. (SP)
(2014) DP rosé is an assemblage rather than a saignée, that is, it is made by adding some red Pinot Noir to the base wine for the blend, and whilst the heat of 2003 was exceptional, Dom Pérignon seem to have embraced it to make a very ripe rosé Champagne. It has a beautiful pale to medium salmon colour. Really fresh and bright, strawberry and raspberry soar from the glass. Notes of the baked apple and vanilla richness of the 2004, are there, but what this majors on is the sweet fruit richness and vinous depth. Layered and yet delicate, there is a meaty substance here too that is Pinot-like, suggesting this would be a great food wine. This style wasn't universally popular on the night, but I really enjoyed it.