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  • Country ranking ?

    236
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now - 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Scampi and caviar toasts

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P2 offerings are fully matured, recently disgorged Champagnes that have been stored in the cellars where they were originally made.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

Dom Perignon’s Plenitude is a result of the savoir-faire and patience of winemakers who waited for raisins to mature during the miraculously sunny harvest season. Created from perfectly healthy and mature grapes, Plenitudecarries the precision of an organ maker. The nose exudes a brief yet intense bouquet opening on scents of honeysuckle, orange followed by toasted almonds, ending on hints of refreshing, iodized salt. The palate marks this vintage with character and creamy texture. The finish of Dom Perigon’s 1996 Plenitude offers smoky notes with lovely energy. Absolute precision!

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Vintage 1996

Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.

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“This P2 feels astonishingly youthful showing little signs of evolution or softening, There is plenty of fine, pure fruit but the searing acidity takes the lead role bringing aggression but also salinity and drive. Needs time to show its complexities. ”

  • 97p

Graphite, slate, crushed rocks, lemon confit and exotic white flowers give the 1996 Dom Pérignon P2 its distinctive aromatic signatures. Bright and focused, the P2 captures all of the energy of the vintage, with striking mid-palate depth and resonance. The 1996 was impenetrably tight when it was first released. Today, it has blossomed into a super-expressive, totally captivating Champagne. There is so much drive, power and tension driving the 1996.

  • 97p

Wafting from the glass with notes of pear, citrus oil, wheat toast, iodine, smoke and dried white flowers, the 1996 Dom Pérignon P2 is medium to full-bodied, layered and incisive, with a chalky, tight-knit core, excellent concentration and racy acids, concluding with a long, sapid finish. The 1996 is still quite reserved, but in all its various incarnations—from the original release, the Oenothèque and the P2—it has been consistently superb. Readers with bottles in their cellars need be in no hurry to pop corks, as the wine still has a long future ahead of it.

  • 95p

Finely scented. Strong acidity carries a mature, dry note. Very dry, clean, and light in fruit so opting more towards mineral.  Fresh, capable of long life, and for my taste, in need of further age. ***(*) 2023-2038.

  • 88p

The lovely nose of acacia blossom, toast and graphite leads to flavors of poached quince, fleur de sel, white cherry, lemon pith and almond skin in this dry and harmonious Champagne. Almost airy and ethereal in texture, yet the finely woven flavor range goes on and on, echoing on the finish.

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Reims, Champagne

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