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1990 Dom Pérignon

abv 12.5%
  • 96 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Champagne Blend
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SKU: 49438-1990

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Fans of bold wine will love this Champagne. It's made in a full-bodied, assertive style that blends overt toasty, earthy aromas with bracing, dry fruit flavors and a robust but smooth texture.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Pale color. Youthful aromas of lemon, quince, pear, toast, spice, chalk and red berries. Big, sweet and seamless, if a bit clenched in the early going. A powerful, very young wine whose fruit builds slowly in the mouth and explodes on the finish. A charry note contributes to its complexity. Possesses amazing depth of fruit, but the high quality of this wine can most easily be seen today on the extraordinary finish. May ultimately merit a 95+ rating.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 1998
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The profoundly rich 1990 Dom Perignon is a creamy-textured, full styled offering that loses none of its elegance in spite of its flavor authority. It will improve for 5-10 years, and appears capable of surpassing the fabulous 1985 and 1982. It seems obvious that the quality of the 1990 Champagne vintage is going to be remarkable, and the world-wide demand will be unprecedented. The message - buy them now!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very rich and evolved now. Perhaps not the ideal aperitif champagne - better served with substantial food such as lobster?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: Vie Alexis
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: (97-07)
    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Author: Bill
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: dimman
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Mark Fox
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Carlo L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dana G77
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2012-2015
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Color: Dark and rich gold color Boquet: Biscuity, caramel, some lemon zest essence, wonderfully complex with many secondary aromas of yeast, minerals and some oak influence Palate: Bready and yeasty biscuit and brioche. Some mellow citrus with slatey mineral flavors, great acidity and a supe long finish. This is a seriously complex champagne.
    Author: Koby
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Delicious, mature Champagne. Rich and complex with a wonderfully fine mousse. Great length to a flavorful finish.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2024
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Golden yellow. Nose reminds of apricots, honey, toasted bread. Very lively mouth, bubbles still nice, sweet finish
    Drink Dates: 1998-2012
    Author: Giuliano
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Light golden yellow color with lots of those little bubbles. Butter with slight herbs (in a pleasant way) and a lot of yeast. Balanced flavors and acidity, nicely smooth and very easy to drink. The previous writer who mentioned a brioche hit it dead on. Very enjoyable and likely has a lot of life ahead if stored well. Cheers.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2025
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 2

    Past due. Dark caramel color and lacking sufficient bubbles. Still interesting and drinkable.
    Author: melp
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Plenty of energy left.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Still a youthful light yellow color; very good fine bubbles; lovely yeasty richness on the palate w/a rounding of the flavors from age; delicious and on pointe now.
    Drink Dates: 1995-2010
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Still great. Great color and full flavor.
    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Horms
  • Self | Rating:

    This wine was oily and lucious texture but I felt was ever so slightly premox but my guests loved it so I shut my mouth! Not Rated
    Author: Mark.Zinner
Dating back to 1743, Moet & Chandon is the largest and most recognized champagne brand and producer in the world. Dom Perignon, its most famous label, took its name from the Benedictine monk whom legend claims was the first to produce the sparkling beverage we know as champagne. The company was founded by Dutchman Claude Moet, who originally shipped wine to Paris to supply the royal court's growing desire for sparkling wine. The company introduced the concept of vintage champagne in the 1840s and began their popular brand "Brut Imperial" in the 1860s. Today Moet & Chandon is a segment of the international luxury goods brand "LVMH," after merging with Hennessy Cognac in 1971 and Louis Vuitton in 1987. Moet & Chandon also fathered the sparkling wine venture Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley.

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Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile. 

Champagne is a challenging place to grow grapes. Winter freeze, spring frost, heavy rains, and cloudy skies in this cool, continental climate are the norm. Growers must manage a high degree of annual volatility in weather and blending across varieties and vintages is required to create consistency in the wines. Despite the challenges, Champagne has an ideal climate and terroir for sparkling wine production. Chalk-dominated soils provide drainage after rainstorms but retain sufficient water during dry periods, and cool weather produces grapes with high acid and low sugar levels, even in the warmest years. In the rare seasons when weather conditions are at their best, wine aficionados across the globe are blessed with vintage Champagne, one of the most age-worthy and delicious wines in the world.

Champagne blends are composed of the region’s three main varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier. Chardonnay contributes a light body, high acidity, and floral and citrus fruit character to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure along with aromas of red fruit, while Pinot Meunier contributes fresh fruit. Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are made from white grapes only, while Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made with black grapes only.

Young champagne typically displays aromas of pear, apple, lemon, popcorn, vanilla, almonds, and cream. With age, Champagne can impart very complex mineral- and earth-driven aromas. For some of the finest examples, look to the houses of Moët & Chandon (Dom Pérignon), Krug, Louis Roederer, and Bollinger.

Champagne’s high acidity and festive bubbles make it one of our favorite pairings, and match it well with buttery, fatty, and salty foods. Classics include caviar, oysters, clams, creamy cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and popcorn.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2581 bottles owned
  • 525 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 525 collectors)