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    543
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    48
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

The uniqueness of Dom Pérignon vintages lies in the way they evolve - not steadily in a linear way but through successive windows of expression. These privileged points in time are called “Plénitudes” - captured moments when the wine sings higher and stronger.

P2 is the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon Vintage, the result of 16 years of elaboration. The opposing and complementary elements of the assemblage resound for an increasingly sharp intensity. The energy of the wine is at its peak.

 

In 2014, Dom Perignon announced that it would be changing the name of its late-release Oenothèque series into a “P2” and “P3” offerings, referring to the second and third “plenitudes” of development in the evolution of a Champagne.

P2 offerings are fully matured, recently disgorged Champagnes that have been stored in the cellars where they were originally made.

“Dom Pérignon wines follow the rhythm of three plénitudes: the first after seven years maturing on their lees; the second between eleven and twenty years; and the third beyond twenty. In the darkness of our cellars, from one plénitude to the next, Dom Pérignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy….The lineage of all the vintages in their third plénitude represents the living memory of Dom Pérignon, transmitting this heritage through generations of Chefs de Cave.” -Winemaker’s Notes

 

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Vintage 1993

This promising year deteriorated in September with frequent rains resulting in swollen bunches and increasing rot issues. A regular-sized crop was picked commencing September 8th. On paper, the ripeness and acidity levels achieved are less favourable than those of 1992. Yet the best wines of the year, including Dom Pérignon, Philipponnat Clos des Goisses, Louis Roederer Cristal and Dom Ruinart, have brought about good surprises but have largely peaked except for the P2 versions of Dom Pérignon. They are generally balanced wines with often somewhat weak fruitiness due to dilution. Without doubt better than its reputation, though.

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The 1993 Dom Pérignon initial release, which had been stored in our hosts’ perfect cellar, was served alongside the 1993 Dom Perignon Oenothèque. The Oenothèque program, now the Plenitude program where the wines are either P2 or P3 depending on length of time on lees (and, yes, much more, but that requires a separate piece), is where the wines are held in the maker’s cellars for an extended period on lees before disgorging. In this case, the Oenothèque was disgorged in 2005, so it had also enjoyed a significant period of cork aging.

The 1993 vintage has always been considered a fairly average vintage but on the evidence here perhaps a re-examination might be in order.

The initial release was a deep golden color. It was complex and intense, utterly glorious with such length. Notes of quince, hazelnuts, cumquats, orange rind, and even the merest hint of vegemite. Concentration and focus. Interestingly, Charles Curtis MW, in his Vintage Champagne, definitely not a fan of this year, notes that the Dom was already tired after ten years (2003). This bottle could not have been more different.

The Oenothèque opened so wonderfully fresh. A much lighter lemon color, there was a brightness and vibrancy here. A laser-like focus with great persistence and length. Notes of jasmine and lemon zest.

At first, I had the pair on level-pegging but with time the initial release showed more and more and blew us away. I had it at 98 and the Oenothèque at 96.

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The lemony nose is youthful, showing green fruit, herbs, spices, toast and a curious note of wax, which comes across strongly and is enhanced over time in the glass. The tight and lean palate is energetic and driven, showing no sign of weakening. Disgorged 2006.

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