P2 - THE SECOND PLENITUDE
Dom Perignon vintages are released after 7 years of ageing. A small portion of each vintage is kept on the lees even longer, to continue the evolution and magnify its natural qualities. Only one person - the Dom Perignon cellar master - can decide if and when to re-release a vintage. The P2 label indicates that the vintage has reached its second peak in maturity, with optimized intensity (15 to 20 years after harvest).
The maturation of Dom Perignon occurs not in a simple linear trajectory, but in successive leaps into new expression, each of which are called Plenitudes. In the long journey of elaboration, the wine goes through this metamorphosis, a transformation. Each Plenitude contributes to Dom Perignon’s singularity. In the darkness of the cellars, from one plenitude to the next, Dom Perignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy.
1996 was a year full of contrasts, with a variable summer. The wetter periods never quite made up for the earlier moisture deficit. Eventually, in the month before the harvest (which began on September 16), spells of hot weather and northeasterly winds gave the vintage an unusual maturity.
The intense nose is daring, with surprising Mediterranean influences mingling dried roses, citron, saffron, figs and bay leaf.
The bouquet expresses darker, silvery notes that are briny and peppery. The wine vibrates and alternates between light and shadow, freshness and gravity. Each sensation is light, savory, precise and contained. The acidic imprint that distinguishes the vintage is perfectly integrated here. The wine glides without any dryness as the appealing bitterness of spicy citrus lingers on.
Dom Perignon pairs especially well with: Lobster, Crab, Caviar, Foie gras, Strawberries