Dom Perignon 2006 by Michael Riedel
Michael Riedel is a German contemporary artist known for his work with texts and objects. Riedel creates his works by restaging cultural events - including film screenings, art exhibitions and music concerts – and by manipulating and re-presenting existing material – text, audio, video, publishing and objects, among others. For the Vintage Blanc 2006 and Rose Vintage 2004 Limited Edition, Michael Riedel created a pattern: a SUPERPOSITION of the letters D & P, of Dom Perignon, assembled and piled upon themselves hundreds of times to compose a unique artistic figure. The pattern is an aggregation of layers, illustrating the years of maturation and the complexity of the wine.
The weather in 2006 was mixed, but warm and dry overall. While July was scorching hot, August was unusually cool and wet. The almost summery weather in September made the vintage possible by drying out the few patches of botrytis and maturing the grapes far more than usual. The harvest began on September 11 and lasted nearly four weeks.
On the nose: The immediate impression is of the mildness of the pure, airy, bright bouquet. A floral, fruity pastel tone then unfolds and quickly darkens into candied fruit, ripe hay and toasted notes, along with hints of licorice.
On the palate: The wine’s opulence – contained and succulent, round at heart – reveals itself in the mouth. The envelope slides and stretches, and the wine becomes more complex and edgy, silkier than it is creamy. The whole eventually melts into an exquisite bitterness tinged with the briny taste of the sea.