Quite some time ago the fine folks at Dom Perignon sent us a bottle of their 2003 vintage champagne. Being a rather special bottle we decided to wait for a moment that suited its consumption and on a recent birthday decided we’d waited long enough.
The house of Moet et Chandon caused quite a stir when they announced their 2003 vintage. Following a particularly harsh winter with severe frost the grapes of Champagne were inundated with some of the hottest days the region had experienced in 50 years. The folks at Moet knew they were taking a risk (a risk that not many champagne houses undertook in 2003) but were driven by the potential to create something unique and fantastic. Fortunately for the house of Moet they hit the nail right on the head and produced the most eminent champagne of the year. The blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) makes for an intense palate that delivers unrivalled length. This is a special wine with a special story, one I could certainly see James Bond drinking in 15 years accompanied by a fine lady and some Beluga Caviar.