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    531
  • Producer ranking ?

    43
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Caviar

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The year 1998 was marked by two unusual and opposing occurrences: the spectacular burning of the grapes caused by record high temperatures in August followed by exceptional rainfall in September.

The First Plénitude of Dom Pérignon Vintage 1998 (released in 2005) was a model of balance.
In its Second Plénitude, invigorated by the additional years in the cellars, Dom Pérignon P2 1998 transcends the potential of the vintage.

The dark, mineral, iodine, spiced singularity of Dom Pérignon vibrates higher and clearer than ever.

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P2 offerings are fully matured, recently disgorged Champagnes that have been stored in the cellars where they were originally made.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

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.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

54 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering and Vibrant

flavors

Citrus, Mineral, White fruits, Caramel, Mint and Toasty

nose

Charming, Complex, Refined and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Fragrant, Fruity and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

The same wine as Oenothèque, but because it is a new name, the wine is slightly more autolytically from Moëts cellars. New name stands for plentitude step(phase) 2 of the three steps (phases) that Dom Pérignon, according to Richard Geoffroy, always achieves.’ RJ 95(96)

  • 95p

Decadent and rich DP with so much pie crust, white truffle and dried apple and pineapple character. Limestone too. Full body, layered and flavorful. Lovely texture of fine bubbles. Very rich at the end but then turns fresh and vibrant. Contrast now between ripe fruit and fresh acidity.

  • 96p

The Plénitude spirit, an evolution of the wine through successive steps, is perfectly exhaled from this beautifully crafted champagne. The Dom Perignon Plénitude 1998 is the result of know-how (in a vintage marked by extrems) and the patience of men whoßhave waited for their grapes, everything under a miraculous sun during the harvest. Suffice to say this decision made the vintage. From grapes of a beautiful maturity and perfectly healthy, this champagne is as precise as the work of a organ builder. On the nose, the Dom Perignon Plénitude 1998 calls for a short breath to fully enjoy the intense and radiantßbouquet on fragrances ofßhoneysuckle, orange fruits and then roasted almonds. Finally, let's not forget the refreshing ioded salty hints. On the palate this wien has got character, a creamy chew branding the footprint of the vintage. The finale offers smoky touchs with a great energy. Precise!

  • 95p

On the nose the champagne has an intense, full and radiant bouquet with notes of honeysuckle, orange, toasted almonds and “hints of iodine sensations“.

It still has that creamy mouth feel on your palate for which Dom Pérignon is famous. But that signature chewiness is accompanied with a finish of smoky, biting and edgy, tingling energy in your mouth. I found it to be radiant and very pleasing to the nose and electric to the tastebuds. Geoffroy compares the leap from the current 2004 vintage to P2 with regular television “to HDTV, the lines are so much clearer, sharper and more penetrating.”

I doften är vinet aningen bakpåtlutad med drag av hav och tång. DP-älskare har under stundom kritiserat denna årgång för att vara aningen för strömlinjeformad och aningen svag i aromerna. Vinet är dock klassiskt men ganska lätt, med en lång imponerande eftersmak. Mer autolytiska toner från den extra lagringen i Moëts källare. Senast infann sig en mer krafigt klassisk Domparostning.
  • 96p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is light. On the nose it is youthful, fresh and pure. The taste is fresh, fruity, vivid, and average in acidity, with well-structured and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has apricot, bread, earthy, citrus, mineral, vegetal and white fruits flavours. The finish is long. This wine is sophisticated and impressive. I do recommend.
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  • 95.5p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is green-yellow and light. On the nose it is intense, wide, complex, refined, charming and closed. The taste is fresh, harmonious, elegant, fragrant, refined, and dry, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with perfectly balanced structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has mint, spice, citrus and creamy flavours. The finish is long, lingering, vibrant and pure. This wine is sophisticated and outstanding. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years.
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  • 95p
Good looking normal size bottle.
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  • 98p
Good looking normal size bottle.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 95p
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

45min

Drinking temperature

6

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Inside Information

Pairing caviar with Dom Pérignon is evident. The caviar underscores the precision, the depth, and the maturity of P2 1998's additional years of elaboration in the Dom Pérignon cellar. A substance that is both dark and luminous, black, it shines and becomes translucent. The caviar transfigures the energy of Dom Pérignon P2 1998.

 

The 1998 Dom Pérignon P2 is open and beautifully expressive today. Unusually open for a young P2, the 1998 drinks well upon release, especially compared to the 1996, which was virtually unapproachable for the first few years after release. That is not at all the case with the 1998, which is quite open at this stage. Hints of apricot, almond, white flowers and chamomile add texture on the fleshy, resonant finish. The added time on the lees has given the P2 an added dimension of texture. Drink 2016-2038.

Score: 95 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2015
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