Dom Perignon 1998 Plenitude 2 - P2

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Description & Technical Information
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The Plénitude (originally Oenothèque) concept has been years in development at Dom Pérignon. After studying the natural course of ageing that vintage champagne seems to undertake, the winemaking team found that, rather than improving steadily and linearly (as is the case with many wines), it develops and matures through three defined stages in its life.

The first release (P1) comes approximately 8 years after the harvest and is the style that most consumers are familiar with. The second stage (P2) takes roughly 15 years, during which time the cuvée 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 reaches its ultimate peak. Initially these mature vintages were made available under limited release called “Oenothèque” but were re-branded in 2014 as “Plénitude”. Read more about the Plénitude concept here.

Weather: The 1998 season was marked by extremes: few grapes, a spectacularly hot August and grey, rainy weather during the first two weeks of September. Dom Pérignon held back from harvesting and were able to take advantage of the miraculous spell of good weather that followed - a decision that transpired to be the making of the vintage. The 1998 vintage was first released as the 'standard' Dom Pérignon (P1) labelling back in 2005. The second release, Plénitude 2, was then launched in 2015 after an additional ten years of ageing.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 16 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2015
Dosage: 6.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2032

Tasting Note: Medium gold colour. Loads of honey character and burnt sugar notes on the nose. P2 1998 is appearing quite mature at this stage, but still has great acidity. Has undergone 100% malolactic fermentation adding complexity and a slight buttery personality. Very evolved and masses of complexity.

Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2 - P2 1998 is presented in a high-quality metalled Dom Pérignon gift box (as shown in the bottom left picture).
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Expert Reviews
94/100
Antonio Galloni MW
“The 1998 Dom Pérignon P2 is clearly heading into its next plateau of maturity, as evidenced by a host of coffee, roasted almond, butter, brioche, caramel, lemon confit and pastry notes. Even so, there is a good bit of freshness to play off a generally mature set of aromas and flavors. Readers who enjoy mature Champagne will find quite a bit to like in the 1998. Today, it is especially open-knit and giving. Two recent bottles have been terrific. ”
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Richard Geoffroy calls this ‘athletic’ and is proud of having picked later than most. Released in 2014.
Delicate but very concentrated too. Round and rich. Quite opulent. Broad and muscular; meaty.
Drink 2014-2024”
97/100
Antonio Galloni MW
“The 1998 Dom Pérignon P2 is superb. Just starting to soften, the 1998 is beautifully layered in the glass, with a translucent, vertical sense of structure that is compelling and an attractive top note of reduction that adds freshness. Vibrant and yet wonderfully complex, the 1998 is a gorgeous wine for drinking now and over the next two decades or so. This is a very strong showing. With more and more time, the 1998 seems to have acquired an additional dimension of nuance. This is an especially majestic bottle of the 1998. ”
96 → 98/100
Essi Avellan MW
“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.”
18.5/10
Jancis Robinson MW
“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”
94/100
Essi Avellan MW
“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.”
95/100
Antonio Galloni
“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.”
18/20
Julia Harding MW
“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.”
97/100
James Suckling
“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.”
95/100
Antonio Galloni
“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.”
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Awards
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CSWWC Gold 2017
CSWWC Gold 2016
CSWWC Gold 2015
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