The Power of Creation has moved the audacious creator Iris van Herpen, Dutch fashion designer and creative force.
For the occasion, van Herpen has playfully interpreted the concept of metamorphosis as embodied by the iconic champagne. She has designed a mesmerizing über-premium creation called ‘Cocoonase’, inspired by the importance of time in crafting Dom Pérignon. The Metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen is surprisingly alive, an act of energy.
A bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 lays horizontally in the ‘Cocoonase’, taking its place as if it has been growing there for centuries, yet at the same time projecting itself into the future and its next transformation.
The champagne Dom Pérignon has absolute faith in the Power of Creation, the very source and principle of its inspiration. Each vintage is an act of creation by its Chef de Cave.
The disappearance of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 must be celebrated, as it foretells a rebirth in the form of its Second Plénitude as P2-2004, following several extra years of elaboration in the cellars. To exalt Vintage 2004’s metamorphosis, Dom Pérignon has evoked anew its Power of Creation.
Lily-of-the-valley perfume and scents of lightly toasted brioche and almond rise from the glass of Moet’s 2004 Brut Dom Perignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop – also already intimated in the nose – lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by alkaline, nutty, liquid-floral, and nori seaweed notes for a performance of head-scratching subtlety and intrigue. (In case my description hasn’t already made clear, we have here inter alia a fantastic sushi wine.) This will be worth following for at least the next 6-8 years, in the course of demonstrating that iconic status as a luxury brand, and elevated (albeit secret) production numbers by no means preclude a wine of understated as well as profound beauty.
-David Schildknecht, eRobertParker.com #1113, 95 points
Vivid yellow. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, quince and jasmine, with smoke and toasted grain qualities adding bass notes. Spicy, penetrating and pure, boasting impressive vivacity to its fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Gains weight and breadth with air while maintaining vivacity, picking up a gingery nuance that carries through a long, smoky finish. I'd bet on this taut, youthful Champagne rewarding many more years of patience.
-Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013, 94 points