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  • Country ranking ?

    395
  • Producer ranking ?

    26
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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P3 offerings are fully matured, recently disgorged Champagnes that have been stored in the cellars where they were originally made.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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Vintage 1990

After a particularly rapid spurt in vegetation growth, the Champagne region is hit hard by spring frosts in April. Blossoming is therefore difficult in the cold and rainy conditions. Blossom drop and uneven grape development are only compensated by the large number of bunches and the wide branches. A heat wave summer then sets in and remains until the generous downpours in the days leading up to the harvest, (on 11 September). The musts boast an exceptional composition and homogenous quality; throughout the Champagne region.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

19 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering, Pure and Bitter

flavors

Citrus, Bread, Coffee, Toasty, Mineral and Creamy

nose

Intense, Fresh, Pure and Complex

taste

Average in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Light, Fresh, Round, Harmonious and Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Outstanding

Written Notes

While the original disgorgement of this wine is beginning to get a little long in the tooth in regular formats from all but the coolest cellar, the 1990 Dom Pérignon P3 is showing superbly, bursting from the glass with a thrilling bouquet of ripe yellow fruits, dried white flowers, honeycomb, brioche and and spruce smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, satiny textured and deep at the core, with terrific concentration, ripe acids and structuring dry extract, concluding with a long, beautifully defined finish. The 1990 is clearly a vintage that has been favored by the combination of additional time on the lees and lower dosage, and in its P3 incarnation, it can go head to head with the 1985, even if the latter vintage is aging more gracefully from the original release. Given that the 1990 P3 is an expressive, dramatic wine, there seems little reason to wait, though it ought to perform at this level for the better part of a decade.

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This champagne is epitome of Dom Pérignon – rich and charming roasted coffee nose with lovely touch of spearmint reminding of Montrachet. The palate is so lively, fresh and round with rich creamy mousse and long lingering mineral finish.
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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