The 1990 is the first Dom Pérignon Rosé to be released as part of the Œenothèque program and is also the year Richard Geoffroy was appointed to his post as Chef de Caves. This is a hypnotic, mesmerizing wine that is unlike any Champagne I have ever tasted. A burnished, deep orange, the wine emerges from the glass with delicate layers of truffles, mushrooms, tea and autumn leaves that recall a great, mature Grand Cru red Burgundy. Candied orange peel, dried roses, spices, apricot jam and white pepper are some of the notes that develop with air. Despite its vivid, textured personality the wine hovers on the palate in a weightless, ethereal style. Geoffroy served the 1990 Rosé Œenothèque in the new Riedel Burgundy glass, which worked beautifully, although this drinking experience may not be for everybody. With air, the 1990 Rosé Œenothèque naturally loses much of its effervescence and turns more wine-like. Though undeniably beautiful, this is a highly quirky wine that should only be purchased by readers familiar with aged rosé Champagne or those with an open mind, because it will challenge many preconceptions of what Champagne is and can be. At an estimated $900 a bottle, it won’t come cheaply, either. That said, it is marvelous and totally compelling. The 1990 Rosé Œenothèque is 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, of which 20% is still Pinot. Geoffroy has plans to release a number of older rosés, including the very rare 1966 sometime next year. The 1990 Rosé Œenothèque is already rather forward, and I am not sure how it will age from here. I also have a personal preference for drinking rosés a touch on the younger side, which readers should take into consideration when looking at my drinking window. The 1990 Rosé Œenothèque spent ten years longer on its lees than the original release and received lower dosage. This bottle was disgorged in 2007.