1998 Dom Pérignon "P2" Brut Champagne
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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
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)