Due to rainfall mid-August and the onset of botrytis in the Pinot Noir, the traditional 50/50 blend was altered – the final blend being 46% Pinot, 54% Chardonnay. Subsequently, production was down 20% – there will be no 2011 made. The brands decision to go forward with the 2010 vintage stemmed from the Dom Perignon proposition – as a vintage only Champagne house, their aim is to not only release a cuvee in the best years but an expression from every harvest.
Jancis Robinson awarded the wine 18.5 points, noting “amazingly, obviously Dom P on the nose”, adding the Champagne has a “massive intensity of complex aroma”. Her score ranks the newest vintage on par with the 2006 (18.5) and just marginally trailing the 2008 (18.5++).
William Kelly, writing for the Wine Advocate gave the Champagne 92 points. He described it as “open knit and pretty […] a less reductive version of the 2000 vintage”.
Today’s release comes to the market marginally above a number of recent vintages. The 2006 vintage is the cheapest Dom Perignon on the market and with a score from Antonio Galloni of 96, would seem to offer good value.
To draw consumer attention towards the similar challenges of 2003 faced by 2010, Dom Perignon will release a 2003 expression under Dom Perignon’s P2 label in early 2021, so the two vintages can be on the market together.