Despite unfavorable weather conditions, the Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque 1990 grew to exude intensity, opulence, and depth, in true Dom Pérignon form.
It was 1990 and a seemingly promising harvest began with what was described as a particularly early start to growth. As the story goes, spring frosts hit the Champagne region hard—cold and rain ran rampant, and flowering was no easy task. Millerandage they called it; a French term for the condition experienced by harvests subjected to such weather in the delicate, flowering stage. Bunches bare grapes of different levels of maturity, and the result is lower quality in affected wines. Lucky for us, this wine doesn’t seem to have been affected. Spending an extra ten years than the original Dom Pérignon Rosé 1990 in the wine cellar, the Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque 1990 is the first Dom Pérignon Rosé to join the Œnothèque family, and commemorates Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy’s 20th anniversary with Dom Pérignon. And what does Geoffroy have to say on the subject? “I often think of Dom Pérignon Rosé as a paradox to the point of contradiction, and the 1990 Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque seems to be the epitome of this personality trait: rosé yet amber in color; a glorious and intriguing expression of Pinot Noir beyond the commitment to the perfect blend; its voluptuousness expressing itself through layers of spices and exotic fruits.” Needless to say, we at Haute Living are beyond thrilled to have Dom Pérignon as the official sponsor of our Haute 100 Miami issue launch. Bubbles anyone?
Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque 1990, $750; available at fine wine purveyors nationwide