It’s not breaking news that Christopher’s Restaurant and Crush Lounge at Phoenix’s Biltmore Fashion Park has some of the Valley’s most delicious fine dining fare (have you tried those truffle fries?!) But Chef Christopher Gross and Sommelier Paola Embry also have an impressive lineup of wines and Champagnes on their hands, as well. Among the restaurant’s most notable bottles are rare Dom Perignon, including Dom Perignon Oenotheque Vintage 1993, Dom Perignon Blanc 2002 and Dom Perignon Vintage 2000.
We asked Chef Gross for her personal tasting notes on these high-end bottles, including his favorite bottle, Dom Perignon Oenotheque Vintage 1993:
“Champagne is one of my personal favorites. Out of the three Champagnes, my favorite is the Oenotheque 1993. It is rarer but when I was in St. Tropez last July, it was being poured like water at 1800 euros for 750 ml. in the clubs. I enjoy older vintages of Champagne. Fuller flavor, long finish, yeasty honeycomb and citrus, this wine still needs more time to reach it full potential. I am glad I have two more bottles. The 2000 is toasty with minerals, lemon and a great finish and is very balanced and it is still young. The 2002 is an exceptional vintage with richness, full-flavored tropical fruit with a backbone of acidity. The 2000 for me is drinking better now but the 2002 will be worth saving.”
To sip these Doms for yourself, visit Christopher’s Restaurant and Crush Lounge at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix. www.christophersaz.com.