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Over the last year, Dom Pérignon & Jeff Koons have enjoyed a unique collaboration that leads up to the unveiling of The Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon in New York.

Audacious in the face of conventional limits, both have joined forces to deliver a playful expression of the power of creation and of collaboration. The object will accompany and incarnate the Rosé Vintage 2003 upon the occasion of its first public uncorking.

Previous creative partnerships include a collection designed with Marc Newson, an homage to Andy Warhol, a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, a limited edition with David Lynch and creative projects numbering Robert Wilson, Lang Lang, John Legend and Alexandre Desplat. (source: domperignon.com/jeffkoons)

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CUVÉE DOM PÉRIGNON ROSÉ When Dom Pérignon Rosé is at it’s best, it’s faboulus!. Some of Richards tasting notes: ‘Superbly euphoric nose, as languorous and silky as a guitar solo by Carlos Santana. As usual, Richard Geoffroy — like his predecessor — has succeeded in creating a wine that has seductive suppleness, complexity, and concentration in one and the same wine. In that sense, Dom Pérignon has a greatness that no other wines can really match, excepting La Tâche in Burgundy. Besides wonderful structure there are layers of red and exotic fruit, with blood orange as the guiding star. All these fruits are sensitively braided together with all the classically toasted fireworks. I noticed with interest—when this wine was served blind—that it wasn’t at all popular with the novices: they couldn’t see past the stables and outhouse in the nose. How differently people can perceive things! ‘(1990)

‘One of this vintage’s foremost Champagnes. As always, seductively soft and exotic with a wonderful bouquet of roasted coffee beans, nougat, and orange chocolate. A wine that can be compared to the kiss of an angel’. (1986)

‘Superbly elegant, light-footed Champagne with charismatic grace and inviting charm. One of the lighter but also more classic vintages of this super-wine. The luscious fruitiness exudes newly picked raspberries, and the bready notes are magnificently balanced. A wine that should be enjoyed in great gulps!’ (1973)

‘Both the bouquet and flavor are very reminiscent of high-class red Burgundy. Leather, truffles, red beet, raspberry, and chocolate are just a few of the wonderful things one can associate with this precious nectar’. (1969)

‘Fabulous and euphoria-inducing with nuances of meringue, tea, and roses, together with the rich, mature, Burgundy-like Pinot aroma. A true winner of a Champagne’ (1966)

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“The 2003 vintage is one of the most memorable ever. The vintage of all superlatives and extremes, it was so exhilarating to make.”

Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave 

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RICHARD GEOFFROY ON DOM PÉRIGNON ROSÉ 2003 – ‘The extreme, contrasting, syncopated weather of 2003, year of all superlatives, remains in the collective memory of the Champagne region. This vintage was born under the sign of excess. Following a tough cold, dry winter, spring came as a shock, with freezing temperatures and hail instead of the anticipated mild weather. The dramatic cold spell that hit the Chardonnay grands crus in the Côte des Blancs between April 7 and April 17, peaking on April 11, will not soon be forgotten in Champagne, since up to three-quarters of the potential harvest was destroyed.

The hottest summer in 53 years proved to be as extreme as the spring was devastating. After the ravages caused by the frost, the vineyards then had to endure a heat wave. The few grapes that were left matured at such a pace that Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy, took the decision to start the harvest as early as August 25. Photosynthesis (accumulation of sugars in the fruit) had been blocked for almost a week, an unprecedented occurrence that made the decision even more difficult. Not since 1822 had the harvest in Champagne taken place at such an early date.’ 

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RICHARD JUHLIN ON DOM PÉRIGNON ROSÉ 2003 – ‘An insanely awesome wine where Richard Geoffroy stretched the limits to the maximum. CHos is it possible to do this burgundy scented rosé champagne? Will  Rousseau and Ponsot not be jealous? RThe roundness and velvet structure settles as the sweetest Persian rug on the palate. Buy and follow this historic wine that might constitute breaking point for something historic & new.’ RJpoints 94(96)

RICHARD JUHLIN ON DOM PÉRIGNON  – The name alone makes most of us break out in a delightful smile. When we think of this 17th-century monk from Hautvillers – so often pointed out as the father of Champagne – we either regard him with historical reverence, or associate his name with the proudest of all wine labels and everything else that follows in its glamorous, sparkling wake. Just imagine all the classic movie scenes that have been sweetened by a bottle of Dom Pérignon. Bond movies usually spring to mind. Countless times I’ve sat and sighed over agents with a license to kill: villains and exquisite women in seductively luxurious surroundings, all revelling in icy Dom Pérignon. Most champagne enthusiasts have their favourite scene. Mine is when Scaramanga, the man with the golden gun, shoots the cork off a bottle carried on a tray by his dwarfish servant Nic-Nack, along a now-famous Thai beach. The most comical scene must be when Sean Connery is served a 1957 Dom Pérignon, a vintage that never existed. Brilliant research!

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