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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P2 offerings are fully matured, recently disgorged Champagnes that have been stored in the cellars where they were originally made.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
A new dimension of longevity for the Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage
“Time is at the heart of the Dom Pérignon equation". It is thanks to Richard Geoffroy, the former Cellar Master of the House, an individual who truly embodied the heart and soul of Dom Pérignon for 28 years, that the concept of "Plenitude" was born. The expression of a vintage is not fixed in time. Instead, it evolves in stages. The P2 or Second Plenitude offers a brand new expression of a single Vintage Champagne after more than 15 years in the making.
Following seventeen years of bottle age in the underground chalk cellars of the Dom Pérignon Champagne House, the Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage Plénitude 2 allows the vintage to enter a new era of its evolution, offering a window of how it is at this point in time.
Product of an exceptional vintage, the Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage Plénitude 2 captures the fascinating personality of a year that will truly mark the history of Champagne.
Transformed by the many years spent evolving in bottle in the estate cellar, the Second Plénitudeof Dom Pérignon 2002 has reached the peak of its vitality. The Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage Plénitude 2 is ready to unveil the new dimension of its vintage, a dimension that offers a kind of complexity, depth and intensity that only time can achieve. A certain power and richness combine with a delicious complexity, freshness and minerality.
Warm, gourmand and exotic, this champagne charms the nose with its bright aromas. Touches of candied fruits, frangipane and sweet spices follow refined notes of saffron. Gradually, the aromatic bouquet becomes more mysterious, more restrained, evolving iodised and saline notes. It is, however, on the palate that Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage Plénitude 2 expresses itself to the fullest, revealing a remarkable opulence, as well as an airy grace reminiscent of the light movements of a ballerina. With great sensuality and depth, the palate offers bright fruit, further enhanced by an intense energy. On a long, lingering finish that seems infinite, the champagne expresses a refined character with slight saline notes and flavours of liquorice.
A champagne with a bold character, the Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage Plénitude 2 will shine bright in the most daring of food and wine pairings. Think dishes with game, which will allow it to reveal the many facets of its personality.
The Dom Pérignon 2002 Vintage Plénitude 2offers the unforgettable experience of a legendary Champagne. An invitation to this moment in the evolution of the vintage, its second plénitude.
A cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.