Dom Perignon P2 1998

Champagne, France

750ml / 12% AVB

Grape Variety: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir

 VN 97 JS 96 W&S 96 WS 96 ST 95 BH 94 JG 94

97 points Vinous

  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. (AG)   (7/2018)

96 points James Suckling

  Decadent and rich DP with so much pie crust, white truffle and dried apple and pineapple character. Limestone too. Full body, layered and flavorful. Lovely texture of fine bubbles. Very rich at the end but then turns fresh and vibrant. Contrast now between ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Perfect now.   (7/2017)

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)

96 points Wine Spectator

  This vibrant Champagne is tightly knit up front, with a dense core of smoky minerality and ripe dried apricot and white cherry flavors. Expands on the satiny palate, revealing accents of pastry cream, toast, singed orange peel and toasted coconut that echo on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2028. *Collectibles* (AN)   (11/2016)

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)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

  Distinct notes of petrol sit atop the tight, reserved and yeasty aromas of green apple, citrus peel, white flowers and a hint of dried orange peel. There is excellent richness to the toasty and again heavily yeast-suffused flavors that at once possess power and refinement, all wrapped in a driving and tight finish that is supported by a moderately fine mousse. This is clearly still very young and while it could certainly be enjoyed now, I found it to be sufficiently tightly wound that I would advise holding it for at least another 3 to 5 years first.   (6/2017)

94 points John Gilman

  As mentioned above, the 1998 vintage of Dom Pérignon was the first to be officially classified as “P2” when it was re-released in the spring of 2014. The wine is aging beautifully and offers up an absolutely classical aromatic profile in its scents of dried apple and peach, salty soil tones, menthol, a touch of citrus peel and plenty of smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, complex and full-bodied, with a lovely core, fine focus and grip, elegant mousse and a long, refined and à point finish. This is now twenty years of age, but as it is not as structured of a vintage as years like 1996 and 2002, the 1998 is now fully into its apogee and drinking with generosity and panache- though there are still decades and decades of life ahead. (Drink between 2018-2050).   (5/2018)

Jancis Robinson

  Green, leafy, garden notes on the nose initially, which developed into something floral. Quite a rich start. I could certainly drink this now! Open and particularly friendly already but with the tension of an especially classic Dom Pérignon. Just slight chewiness on the end. 18.5/20 points. (JR)   (11/2018)

K&L Notes

The Dom Pérignon P2, short for Plénitude 2, replaces the Oenotheque in Moët & Chandon's DP line. Oenotheque translates to "wine library" in English, and when Moët 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 2004 release in white and the 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. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

  Simply delicious with langoustine, caviar, guinea fowl, seabass.


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