I am so beyond the good/bad bollocks. Yes my exasperation is beyond belief but it still does intrigue me to see how much I will like something.
My hype about DP has always been, to put it midly, practically non existent. Perhaps to show off, but never really felt the urge to taste it the minute new vintage came out. And naturally, it goes without saying that to celebrate 10th year of TICD, DP was not even considered as a possible candidate.
But so it happened that 2003 release was the only thing available that was remotely worthy of the day's celebrations and since I had tasted my first DP when they released 1993 vintage, it made sense to justify it. So I coughed up the odd £100 and got a back up too.
I wondered what it would be like, given the spec of the vintage and not to mention the fluff from the brochure included in the box. The reality of it was typically simple DP. Slightly duller (naturally due to the very high sugar content of the grapes and no surprise that the base wines were acidified which in Champagne is quite controversial, not illegal yet hotly disdained amongst all Champagneois even though some practice it in secret).
The wine as such was a typical mellow DP with rounder finish and short longevity, a nice overpriced and overglorfied lemonade to which I can get used.