96

Dom Pérignon

$370

1996 Champagne Brut Oenothèque

This transforms the violent power of 1996 into a supple and succulent wine, holding the masculine tension of the vintage while yielding more delicate complexities: orange peel, cedar, ginger, tobacco. The wine’s refinement is extraordinary, the sumptuous richness girded into a gentle, sunny finish that lives in the memory after lingering for minutes on the lips. A youthful classic that shows no signs of its 16 years of age, this should live for decades.

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Moët Hennessey USA, NY

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94

Dom Pérignon

$350

2000 Champagne Brut Rosé

Austere at first, this blossoms into the comfortable, lush textures of the vintage, opening like a rose toward the power of a red wine with grip and touches of tannin. Its formidable structure gives a sense of pale limestone glazed with sunny red fruit. The finish is refreshing, substantial enough to decant for roast squab.

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91

Dom Pérignon

$150

2003 Champagne Brut

An impressive take on the 2003 vintage, this layers broad, rich and toasty flavors into a powerful wine. It’s full-bodied, almost meaty in its satisfying depth. Match its warmth to ris de veau.

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