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Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2 - P2 1998 Champagne

More vintages: 1993, 1995The Plénitude concept has been years in development at Dom Pérignon and they have identified the natural course of aging that Vintage Champagne takes. Rather than improving steadily as is the case with many wines, it seems to take 3 defined stages in its life. The first release (P1) comes approximately 8 years after the vintage and is the style that most are familiar with and is currently the 2006 vintage. The second stage (P2) takes roughly 15 years and really takes a profound leap to a new quality level where it will plateau for many years in terms of improvement. Finally the third Plénitude (P3) will see the champagne ageing another 20-30 years until it peaks with both previously falling under the Oenothèque banner.

The 1998 was released as the 'standard' Dom Pérignon (P1) labelling back in 2005 and it historically would have taken the Oenothèque name for this release. However with the new system introduced, P2 or 'Plenitude 2' 1998 is the name given for this exquisite wine. It has spent a minimum of 12 years maturation on the lees in the confines of the its famous Cellars in Épernay, the purpose of which is perfectly summed up by the winemaker himself: "For the Second Plénitude, we're looking for the peak of energy, intensity and vibrancy, showing the wine in high-definition," Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave, Dom Pérignon.

The 1998 harvest wine-growing season was marked by extremes; few grapes, spectacularly hot August and especially gray, rainy weather during the first two weeks of September. Dom Pérignon held back from harvesting and was able to take advantage of the miraculous spell of good weather that followed. That decision was the making of the vintage. When the harvest began on September 21, the grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy.

At our Launch Event in November 2014 Richard Bampfield, MW took us through a horizontal tasting of 1998's prestige cuvees. Watch his 6 minute video about Dom Pérignon P2 here.

Grape Varieties: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
Dosage: 6.5 g/L

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EssiAvellan.com,
Nov 2016
96-98/100
“An absolute charmer. Rich, open, generous, notably evolved nose. Honeycomb, sweet spices, ripe fruit and créme brûlée. Big, fleshy but crisp, mouth-filling palate with caressing, fluffy mousse. But so much energy! Long, concentrated, mellow yet driven length. Here and now, already surprisingly developed but post-disgorgement time seems to be doing it good, as my points have risen by every tasting. Still, it is a surprise the 1998 was released after the 1996 and not the other way around.”
JancisRobinson.com,
May 2016
18.5/10
“Chef de cave, Richard Geoffroy: 'The wine-growing season was marked by extremes, with a few grapes burned by the sun in a spectacularly hot August, and especially grey, rainy weather during the first two weeks of September. Postponing the harvest allowed us to take advantage of the miraculous spell of good weather that followed. That decision defined the creation of the vintage. When the harvest began on 21 September, the grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy.' Disgorged late 2009 and early 2010.
Rich and vanilla and broad now, the nose has really opened out. Creamy. Tiny bead and still lots of acidity but now it’s lime sherbet and dancing away. Quite an impact on the palate. Neat, firm impact on the finish. Very long and vibrant. Really builds towards the end. Hint of putty. Definitely firm.
Drink 2015-2030”
EssiAvellan.com,
Oct 2015
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94/100
“Medium-deep golden colour. Rich, open, generous, notably evolved nose. Honeycomb, sweet spices, ripe fruit and créme brûlée. Big, fleshy but crisp, mouth-filling palate with caressing, fluffy mousse. Long, concentrated, mellow length. Here and now, already surprisingly developed but post-disgorgement time seems to be doing it good, as my points have risen by every tasting. Still, it is a surprise the 1998 was released after the 1996 and not the other way around.”
VinousMedia.com,
Jul 2015
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95/100
“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.”
JancisRobinson.com,
Nov 2014
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18/20
“Disgorged end of 2013. 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir. Dosage 6.5 g/l.
Slightly paler than the earlier disgorged version of the 1998. Light hint of torrefaction on the nose but not that struck-match reduction, and actually smells fresher, more citrus and orange peel and it is definitely fuller, broader in the mouth and has more power (as the P in P2 might suggest since it is an abbreviation for plénitude). Creamier and yet the acidity shoots through the middle. A much more extreme wine. Not sure if it is better, just different. Less well integrated, for now. Acidity seems higher. Very long finish.”
JamesSuckling.com,
Aug 2014
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97/100
“A P2 release indicating it has been matured to the 2nd Plenitude, the middle stage of Dom Perignon's three-phase life as defined by Richard Geoffroy. This is a wine with some real tension between complexity and freshness that makes for incredibly engaging drinking. The nose offers up a little white peppery edge from the pinot; oyster shell saline freshness, red florals, sweet smelling woody spices and brioche, spiced biscuits and subtle roasted coffee notes - impressively complex. The phenolics register on the palate as a discreetly mineral, saline character, there's sorbet-like texture through the middle before finishing with comet-like line and length.”
VinousMedia.com,
May 2014
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95/100
“The 1998 Dom Pérignon P-2 (formerly Oenothèque) is quite reticent today. What else is new? These second-plenitude wines are often very tight when they are first released, which is very much the case here. Still, it is quite evident the 1998 is a bit more tender and pliant than the 1996. Today, the 1998 still hasn't turned the corner, but it is quite pretty and expressive. This is a terrific offering.”
Bought directly from Moet Hennessey UK Ltd, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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