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  • Country ranking ?

    106
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now - 2030
  • Food Pairing

    scallops

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Tasting Notes: Straw yellow with golden highlights. As the wine breathes it reveals its strength. The first burst of brioche and ripe wheat evolves into a complex bouquet that is sombre and shadowed, mineral, smoky with a hint of roasting coffee. 

The attack is sharp and pronounced, the prelude to an unusual breadth. The full tale is revealed, unfolds and glides across the palate as if powered by the incisive finish that continues to characterise this vintage.

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The Story

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.

P3 offerings are fully matured, recently disgorged Champagnes that have been stored in the cellars where they were originally made.

The maturation of Dom Pérignon occurs not in a simple linear trajectory, but in successive leaps into new expression, each of which are called Plénitudes. In the long journey of elaboration, the wine goes through this metamorphosis, a transformation. Each Plénitude contributes to Dom Pérignon’s singularity. In the darkness of the cellars, from one plénitude to the next, Dom Pérignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy. 
 

There are three plenitudes in the life of a given vintage: the first window or plenitude is around 6-8 after the vintage. This is when Dom Pérignon Vintage is released.

The second plenitude, or P2, arrives between 12-15 years after vintage, and is about when the energy reaches its climax; showing intensity and vibrancy in high-definition.

 

The third plenitude, P3, comes after around 30 years, when the Champagne has spent more than 20 years on its lees. This is a stage in which maximum complexity is sought, very concentrated, with the most wisdom but with less energy.

 

“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

After an astonishingly mild winter and early, rapid flowering of the vines, the 1988 vintage was marked by a summer of alternating heavy rain and high temperatures. Picking began on 26 September for the Chardonnay, and on 27 September for the Pinot Noir.

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Vintage 1988

CHAMPAGNE: From this year, the most classic and refined champagnes were producedChampagnes are long-lived and mature slowly to their peak.

Winter and spring were fairly mild. Inflorescences began in good weather in June. Already during the next month, the cloud masses swarmed to the Champagne province. Finally, the sky broke right before harvest. The harvest remained smaller than in the previous year. Even though the weather was unstable, the vintage produced fine and elegant wines, of which many have just reached their peak. The wines are marked by high acids and a concentrated, precise style. A real classic vintage. There is no rush to enjoy these wines, as they endure storage well and will continue to develop well for the next 10–12 years. Indicative of a slowly maturing vintage is that Krug released to the market first the Clos du Mesnil 1989 vintage before the 1988 vintage. This year has also stayed in mind as the vintage when Jacquesson & Fils produced the first of its three late bottled special cuvées – the Jacquesson DT (Dégorgement Tardif).

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Green-Yellow

ending

Long, Lingering and Round

flavors

Toasty, Mineral, Mint, Vanilla, Smoky and Honey

nose

Intense, Fresh, Generous and Pure

taste

High in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Fragrant, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle, in an perfect condition and has by the neck level. Colour is yellow, deep and full. On the nose it is intense, refined, fresh, opulent and generous. The taste is full, fresh, rich, vigor, fragrant, full-bodied and with perfectly balanced structure. On the palate it is layered and has white fruits, honey, perfumed, tropical fruits, vanilla, toasty, smoky and mineral flavours. The finish is long, round, extensive and lingering. This wine is intelligent, fine and masterpiece. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 15min before tasting.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 98p

The elegant nose delivers intense and complex aromas, dominated by enticing notes of dried fruit, toasted almond and honey. On the palate the wine is full bodied, boasting a powerful, rich structure, yet well-balanced with a refreshing acidity and flavourful notes of citrus fruit. The finish shows a remarkable length!

  • 99p

The nose reveals itself in successive waves of dried flowers, orange peel, gingerbread, exotic tobacco and grilled aromas. The palate is sophisticated: tense, incisive, serous and silky all at once, with a patina. The finish is firm and surprisingly fruity, with an unusual satiny note.

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is green-yellow and light. On the nose it is open, intense, youthful, complex, fresh, seductive, generous, charming and pure. The taste is fresh, focused, fragrant, and dry, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced, well-structured, concentrated structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has mineral, mint, citrus and toasty flavours. The finish is long, lingering, pure and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated and outstanding. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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Inside Information

When Father Pierre Perignon took over as cellar master at the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668, his avowed goal was "to make the best wine in the world". For a young monk just 30 years old, it took a visionary spirit and exceptional audacity to pursue such lofty ambitions. An exact contemporary of Louis XIV, Dom Pérignon transformed the history of wine, just as the Sun King revolutionized the very notion of "art de vivre". Wine was the medium for their meeting, as the excellence of "Father Perignon's wine" earned it a place at the king's table.


More than three centuries later, the House of Dom Perignon perpetuates the visionary approach of its founder, widely considered the spiritual father of Champagne. Released only as a vintage, Dom Perignon is cellar aged for at least seven years prior to release. This time is critical for harmonising the flavours and ensuring that the wine’s balance remains elegant, sensual and ethereal. Dom Perignon can also be enjoyed many years later with rare OEnotheque vintages, released by the Chef de Cave at times when the intensity and complexity of the wine has reached optimum levels. Each new vintage is a unique creative act, reinventing the extraordinary style of a wine that only the Chef de Cave may declare a "vintage year".

"The grapes are never the same from one year to the next. If a harvest does not meet Dom Perignon's unyielding standards, there will be no vintage champagne that year. This isn't a value judgment - it's an aesthetic vision" says Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy.

The unique personality of Dom Pérignon is born of this creative commitment. It is this tension between the distinctive qualities of a year and the timeless spirit that defines Dom Perignon, an unparalleled sensation that imparts weightlessness, airy richness and suppleness from first impression to the long-lasting finish.

 

In keeping with Dom Perignon’s expressed ambition in 1668 to create “the best wine in the world”, Dom Perignon Oenotheque represents the supreme homage to this vision.

 

Once the Dom Perignon style has been achieved after seven years and the vintage released, a limited number of bottles are set aside to begin a second period of aging. Six additional years – for a total of no few than thirteen years in the cellar are required to take the wine to another destination : Dom Perignon OEnotheque. The bottles are manually disgorged, liquored and recorked. Each bottle is tasted and approved by a Dom Perignon oenologist, who ensures its excellence before it leaves the cellar.

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