The 2008 Dom Pérignon continues to show very well, offering up a pretty bouquet of Anjou pear, fresh peach, citrus oil, fresh pastry, smoke and iodine. On the palate, it's full-bodied, lively and incisive, with an elegantly textural attack and a creamy core of fruit that's underpinned by a bright but nicely integrated spine of acidity. The finish is long, saline and well-defined. As I wrote earlier this year, this is the finest Dom Pérignon since 1996, Richard Geoffroy's push for additional ripeness working well with the late-maturing, high-acid vintage. While it can be appreciated young, the 2008 will really start to blossom with five or six years of bottle age. - William Kelley, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2008 Dom Pérignon, the product of an incredible growing season and Richard Geoffroy's final vintage as Chef de Caves, has justly merited all the praise it has garnered. Few releases were met with such anticipation and fewer still have entirely justified the excitement generated. If you haven't yet tasted this finest of modern Dom Pérignon vintages, you owe it to yourself. If you have, I'm sure you're taking every opportunity to stock up as this bottling becomes scarcer and scarcer.
The excellence of Champagne in magnum is at this point well-known, and aside from its celebratory impact, there is a consistency and elongation to its trajectory of maturation. While this is a wine that already drinks impeccably, there's every indication that this DP in magnum will justly merit its status as a modern classic for the foreseeable future. It marries flamboyant ripe fruit with fresh pastry and biscuit, and the palate has an almost unmatched sense of kinetic energy to it. It's a marvel and one that you will never regret having too many magnums of!