James Suckling 97
"This is a DP that shows the ripeness of the 2009 vintage yet remains full of energy. Gorgeous aromas of cream, apple, mango, honeysuckle, and chalk follow through to a full body and super fine, tight texture. Dense and agile. Vinous. It’s like a top grand cru white Burgundy. Think Bâtard-Montrachet. More depth than the 2006."
Wine Spectator 96
"There’s a subtle power to this graceful Champagne, which boasts a firm, crystalline frame of acidity married to the fine, satinlike mousse and notes of white raspberry, brioche and Earl Grey tea. Seamless through to the long finish of smoke and spice accents, this opens beautifully in the glass. Drink now through 2029."
"Unbroken sun through August and early September helped to shape an idyllic harvest, on 12th September. Superb maturity of fruit in flawless health has produced a wine with wafting scents of both fresh and confit of spiced lemon and wild cherry. Despite the heat, the wine has freshness, vitality and length. Still a youngster, this will grow greatly by 2019. A more stylish son of the '03, and cousin of the slender and charming '06. Disgorged June 2016."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com 96
"COMMENTARY: My job is to taste lots and lots of wines. In laboratories, cellars, wineries, meetings, dinners, and under all kinds of circumstances—it's a tough job, but someone has to do it. So when it comes to Dom Pérignon how can I be truly objective? I have tasted many vintages of this wine, and have had so much history that scoring the wine can be difficult. Early reports on the 2009 vintage have been spotty with many saying it is a pretty good but not a great year. To give this wine a more objective rating, I put this wine into a blind tasting with my team that included a non-vintage Brut Champagne, two Cavas, a Prosecco, a Sekt, a California bubbly and unsurprisingly the Dom showed superbly. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows a fine mousse and springs forward with complex and refined aromas of ripe apples and bread dough. Its palate is lively and delightful with beautiful layers and smoothness. The wine's overall energy is bright and superb."
"Dom Perignon only creates vintage wines; it is an absolute commitment. Only the best grapes of the most exceptional years are used, making each vintage distinct. It is the perfect embodiment of the Power of Creation – an act of creation that elevates the mind and enlightens the world. The icon of the house, it showcases perfect equilibrium, revealing the harmony that is so characteristic of Dom Perignon. The wine is complete, rhythmic and tactile. Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 is exotic: its tactile thickness, its roundness, and its utterly unique depth of flavor." ~Winery Notes
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Dom Pérignon (1638–1715) was a monk and cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers. He pioneered a number of winemaking techniques around 1670--being the first to blend grapes in such a way as to improve the quality of wines, balance one element with another in order to make a better whole, and deal with a number of their imperfections; perfecting the art of producing clear white wines from black grapes by clever manipulation of the presses; enhancing the tendency of Champagne wines to retain their natural sugar in order to naturally induce secondary fermentation in the Spring; being a master at deciding when to bottle these wines in order to capture the bubble. He also introduced corks (instead of wood), which were fastened to bottles with hemp string soaked in oil in order to keep the wines fresh and sparkling, and used thicker glass in order to strengthen the bottles (which were prone to explode at that time). The development of sparkling wines as the main style of production in Champagne occurred progressively in the 19th century, more than a century after Dom Pérignon's death.