1998 Dom Pérignon "P2" Brut Champagne

SKU #1165522 98 points Wine Spectator

 Offers precision and finely detailed form, powered by an expansive palate of flavor. The layers of ripe crushed blackberry and glazed apricot fruit complement the saline-tinged minerality and oyster shell notes, graced by hints of pastry, honeycomb and exotic spice. Mouthwatering and persistent on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2030. (AN)  (12/2014)

96 points James Suckling

 A P2 release indicating this has been matured to the 2nd Plenitude, the middle stage of Dom Pérignon'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, as well as oyster-shell, saline freshness, red florals, sweet-smelling woody spices, brioche, spiced biscuits and subtle roasted coffee notes. Impressively complex. The phenolics register on the palate as an impression of density. A Champagne that's discreetly mineral and saline with sorbet-like texture through the middle before finishing with comet-like line and length.  (10/2016)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 From a late harvest saved by fine fall weather, this 1998 is part of a new program at Dom Pérignon, released after extended aging on the lees, disgorged when Richard Geoffroy considers the wine to be reaching its second peak of development—at least 12 years on the lees, or, in the case of this wine, 13. This has aged into a dynamic and sexy wine, layering floral intensity, silken textures and bass notes of fresh, nutty, loquat-like flavors into a finish with tremendous drive. It’s open and packed with energy.  (12/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold. Intense, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with a suave jasmine nuance adding complexity. Smoky and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant orange, anise and toasted brioche flavors and a touch of poached pear. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the mineral-driven finish, which clings with remarkable tenacity and resonating florality. This late-release bottling was formerly called Oenotheque; P2 stands for Plenitude Two. (JR)  (12/2014)

95 points Vinous

 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. (AG)  (7/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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. 18.5/20 points  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

The Dom Pérignon P2, short for Plenitude 2, replaces the Oenotheque in Moet & Chandon's DP line. Oenotheque translates to "wine library" in English, and when Moet first released older bottles of Dom Pérignon with extra ageing on the lees, they used this name. Before, this cache of old treasures was only used by the winemaking team as a reference. Now that the wines are being sold, the team wanted more precision in the name, and decided to use "plenitude" to describe the three phases of evolution of the wine. According to Merriam Webster, plenitude means "a large number or amount of something" or "the state of being full or complete." The current releases, now 2004 in white, and 2003 in rosé, they consider the first plenitude of Dom Pérignon, while the 1996 Moët & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Oenothéque" and the 1998 Dom Pérignon "P2" have entered their 2nd phase of development. This wine is in a completely different league than the initial release of 1998; gone is the big hit of yeast and instead the wine shows elegance that I rarely associate with this vintage. It has a gorgeous store of pin-point streamers and a generous nose of black cherry Pinot. The finish goes on and on. Expected to arrive in late August. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
This decadent offering from one of Champagne's most storied brands does everything you'd expect. Bold, rich and over the top, it's as showy and opulent as the price point would suggest. Expect intense oak and nutty spice balanced by a powerful creamy texture and ultra complex pommace fruit. Perfect pair for hoisting the automatic sails on your Swan! Press that button and pour.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
I'm known to be a fairly loquacious person. I like to talk. And write. Never in my life have I been asked or told to make a piece longer. It is that fact that surprised me looking back upon my tasting notes from this past week, at which I had the honor of tasting this rare bottle of what is arguably the world's most famous Champagne brand. Here's the complete text of what I wrote down: "AMMMAAAZZZIIINNNGGG!!! Did I write about the how the seven additional years of lees contact gives it an intense richness. What about how the black and red fruit balances perfectly with the minerality of clay and limestone? Nope. None of that. This is one bottle of champagne that needs one word, and one word alone. AMAZING!

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2015 | Send Email
This second release of the 1998 has been delicately aging on its lees for well over 12 years before being disgorged and it shows in how beautifully mature and layered the aromatics are. I was extremely impressed at how vinous and structured this 18 year old cuvee was tasting and the integrated bouquet was just the icing on the top.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2015 | Send Email
I tasted this simply gorgeous release from Dom Perignon on the 24th of August, 2015. This late-disgorged beauty (2012) is completely different than any DP I have ever tasted. It has fresh doughy notes on the nose that hint at a richness that we expect from this producer BUT, it also has a fantastic minerality and salinity. There is a nice, spicy character on the palate with tart cherry notes and just the slightest hint of toasted nuts. The finish is long with buttery notes and then zap(!), the acidity kicks in for a racy finish that lingers and lingers and lingers. Simply wonderful! Hand disgorged. A must buy for collectors as well as for those of you that are looking for a very special bottle for yourself or for a gift.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2015 | Send Email
I first tasted the 1998 Dom Perignon P2 Brut Champagne with Pacific King Salmon, Spring Squash and Porcini Mushrooms at Madera restaurant. This was in a completely different league than the initial release of 1998; gone was the big hit of yeast and instead the wine showed elegance that I rarely associate with this vintage. It had a gorgeous store of pin point streamers and a generous nose of black cherry Pinot. The finish went on and on.

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