In anticipation of an upcoming dinner event in Tokyo, I am sitting in London pondering over what cuisine to serve. I travel back in time, six months ago, when my wife and I were invited to the launching of a new Dom Perignon vintage. The event was hosted by cellar master, creator and brand visionary Richard Geoffroy, and his key staff.
He says, 2003, “my wish is for Dom Pérignon to remain in the history of Champagne as one of the greatest witnesses of the 2003 Vintage”. The wine has a crisp acidity and freshness, and is balanced by its minerality, clean fruit and accentuated by the smoky nose.
The growing season shapes a vintage, but rarely as much as in 2003. unfortunately bizarre weather conditions made it very challenging. In the end, the grapes were perfectly ripe and the contrasting weather conditions contributed to an extraordinary richness and concentration.
The 2003 matches perfectly the menu created by Richard, it was simple, thoughtful and complementary. A great event and a good experience to share his vision as a leading wine producer.