I spent three days in Oregon’s Willamette Valley last week. My mission? To learn as much as possible about this region and especially its Pinot Noirs. The first day consisted of visits to Argyle, Domaine Drouhin and Erath.
On a warm day in late June, I sat down with Dom Pérignon’s chef de cave Richard Geoffroy at Nobu in Tribeca to revisit the Brut 2002, Rosé 2000 and Brut 1996 Oenothèque I first tasted with Geoffroy this past February.
It was immediately apparent that the Dom Pérignon Brut 2002 ($150) had opened substantially since my initial look at it. And the Brut Rosé 2000 ($350, available now) was a revelation. Here are my tasting notes on these vintage Champagnes:
Moët & Chandon is releasing a number of new vintages, all of which will be available this fall. Under the direction of chef de cave Benoît Gouez since 2005, Moët & Chandon has consolidated its range of non-vintage cuvées and changed the style of its vintage Champagnes.
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