Q: I bought a Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon 1975 in 1983 for approximately $50 for a special occasion. We never opened it, however. What is the history of the vintage and how would you rate it today?
A: To find an answer for your question, I consulted senior editor Bruce Sanderson, who covers Champagne for Wine Spectator. This is his response: "The 1975 vintage was considered excellent, although there is some question regarding how the wines have fared over time. I have recently tasted the Dom Pérignon 1975 twice, however it was from the house's Oenothèque program, where it had been kept on the lees in the cellar and disgorged in 2007. Both times, the wine was fresh, pure and balanced, offering mature flavors of coffee, toffee, truffle and toast, along with citrus fruits and mineral. I rated it 97 points and it costs $1,500 at retail. Your bottle would have been from the original disgorging and the quality depends greatly on how you have stored it. Bottles of Dom Pérignon 1975 averaged $275 per bottle at auction in the first quarter of 2009, a decrease of 18 percent from the previous quarter. The high sale price was $307, the low $257."
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