The 2005 growing season, warm and dry, showed a lot of potential for the maturation of grapes—so much so that even the heavy rains at the start of September and the threat of botrytis couldn’t temper our enthusiasm. We were convinced that daring to wait for the perfect maturity would bring its own reward. We managed, through drastic selection, to harvest grapes of exceptional quality at the price of a very low yield.
Every year, our aim is to make the best of the circumstances to get as close as possible to our aesthetic ideal. 2005 revealed the extraordinary character of the Pinot Noir, and the path of the Rosé was self-evident as a great opportunity to embody Dom Pérignon in that vintage. The assemblage, in which we pushed the envelope toward the Red like never before, gave us the latitude we needed to create a deep yet harmonious duality between the White and the Red—the Red and the White.
The wine itself shows, on the nose, tropical notes, but also cocoa and torrefied spices. In the mouth, the tonicity of such a rich wine may surprise. The solid structural brings a physical element, with a remarkable finish displaying notes of licorice and blood orange.
Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005 is the latest expression of a long tradition dating back to 1959. I like to say it is Pinot Noir “squared”—more red than ever!