Wine Cellar is proud to launch the most eagerly awaited wine in years – the 2008 Dom Pérignon Legacy Edition. This special edition, which sold out on release in major markets, celebrates the first ever non-sequential release in Dom Pérignon history. The fruitier 2009 was released ahead of the incredibly tight, yet muscular 2008 in what is quickly being regarded as the greatest modern-day Champagne vintage. The 2008 also marks the final release of Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy. After 28 vintages, the title will transition to Vincent Chaperon who has been at Dom Pérignon since 2005.
The 2008 is 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir and 100% Grand and Premier Cru. Aged for 9 years on the lees, it carries a dosage of 4 g/ℓ. The nose dances with lime, cool melon, fresh butter and minerals, leading to hints of kelp and hay. The palate is lean and tight and uncoils into a powerful, massively structured finish. Wow!
Wine Cellar has received the bulk of SA’s allocation and yet we expect it to sell out instantly. The global average price is R2,908 ex. VAT, making this a terrific investment.
‘The finest release of this iconic cuvée since the 1996 vintage.’ – Wine Advocate, 96+/100
‘Simply extraordinary.’ – Vinous.com, 98+/100
Dom Pérignon, Legacy Edition Vintage 2008
Spicy, flirtatious nose. Then pretty muscular and athletic. Tight and almost floral. I could drink this now! Edgy creaminess that’s typical of Dom Pérignon. Very clean and fresh. Textured and chewy. Really kerpow! Pungent. – Jancis Robinson (Tasted blind)
Brisk, tiny mousse. Notably rich nose – very Dom P! There’s a hint of something marine on the nose (Michael Broadbent’s oyster shells?) and then extremely tight and lacy – it somehow reminded me of a sponge because of springy texture. Masses of energy here, as well as the usual flirtatiousness. It will continue to open out, I’m sure. I tasted it very cool and then went back to it at almost room temperature a couple of hours later and it stood up extremely well. The official Geoffroy description of this vintage is ‘athletic’ and ‘vertical’. ‘All 2008s are bright in terms of fruit; we want ours to shine white light. We have deliberately warmed it up a bit, working on the muscle to better integrate the acidity.’ – Jancis Robinson (Tasted sighted)
There’s power to this graceful Champagne, with the vivid acidity swathed in a fine, creamy mousse and flavours of toasted brioche, kumquat, pastry cream, candied ginger and poached plum that dance across the palate. An underpinning of smoky mineral gains momentum on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2033. – Wine Spectator, 96/100
The finest release of this iconic cuvée since the 1996 vintage, the 2008 Dom Pérignon wafts from the glass with an incipiently complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, green apple, dried white flowers and oyster shell, with only subtle hints of the smoky, autolytic aromas that have been such a prominent signature of recent releases. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and complete, its notable flesh and amplitude controlled by incisive acids, with a youthfully exuberant but elegant mousse and a long, beautifully delineated finish. Considering the sheer size of this cuvée, it’s a remarkable achievement and a fitting release with which to conclude Richard Geoffroy’s tenure as chef de cave. Given the 2008’s intensity and balance, I suspect purists will be anticipating later disgorgements with lower dosage and more time on the lees with particular enthusiasm. Tasted three times, with consistent results. – Wine Advocate, 96+/100
The 2008 Dom Pérignon is simply extraordinary. A wine of myriad dimensions, the 2008 explodes in all directions from the very first taste. Deep, powerful and yet wonderfully translucent, the 2008 boasts remarkable purity throughout. Crushed rocks, citrus, chalk and fresh spring water are some of the signatures. The 2008 is a stunning Champagne by any measure. The 2008 won’t be released until at least 2019, but it is already shaping up to be epic. It’s not too early to start setting aside the cash for this utterly magnificent, riveting Champagne. – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, 98+/100