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1998 Moet & Chandon - Dom Perignon

FRANCE / CHAMPAGNE /
abv 12.5%
  • 97 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Champagne Blend
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SKU: 49438-1998-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($125-$175) Pale yellow. An enticing blend of red berries, butter and toast on the nose; this settled down to an earthy, smoky character that reminded me of Batard-Montrachet. Full and rich, with flavors of musky yellow plum and ripe pear accented by crisp mineral notes. Really long and vibrant on the building finish, if not as precise or elegant as the 1996. Still, of the two vintages, this is the one I would prefer to drink over the next five or years or so.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Broad and airy in texture, with enticing candied berry, citrus and coffee aromas and flavors. It has bright acidity, keeping it well-defined through the lingering finish.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Light greenish gold. First bottle corked. Flirtatious and lively nose. Really quite aromatic! Then a bit sweet on the front palate. Still quite tight. May unwind to something much more exciting though the fruit doesn't seem the freshest or zestiest. I wonder whether this is a cork problem?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 12/22/2006
  • Burghound | Rating: 94

    No review available
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2007
  • Rating: 97

    The 1998 Dom PAcrignon has an intense white-golden color and is beautifully clear and fine on the nose, which indicates a lovely maturity and displays grey bread, almond cake and iodine flavors, along with lemon and orange aromas. This clarity and mineral freshness proceeds on the highly elegant, finesse-full and silky textured palate, and the complexly flavored, very distinguished finish is dry and mineral, revealing a stimulating salinity and tension. The 1998 seems young still, but is certainly a great pleasure to drink and will be for many years. During a visit at Dom PAcrignon in Hautvillers in March this year, I tasted the three recent vintages of the prestige cuvAce plus the often-underrated 1998. Along with the Dom PAcrignon RosAc 2004, it was the most fascinating cuvAce of the tasting that was as spiritual as it was adequate with regards to the history of the human Dom PAcrignon.
    Author: Stephan Reinhardt
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Spike Ngai
  • Self | Rating: 4.5

    Author: dav
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: drueklase
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: fpark
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Delicious, delicate Champagne on the drier side.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Nice tannins, not very sweet. Very crisp.
    Author: King3194
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very elegant, well balanced.
    Author: riffmaker
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. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1173 bottles owned
  • 417 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 417 collectors)