Dom Perignon P2 Brut Champagne 2002
P2 is Dom Perignon's higher end Champagne; a premium wine. The P2's have undergone much longer lees aging than their vintage equivalents, which results in additional freshness and complexity. P2 is shorthand for 'second plenitude', reflecting the house philosophy that Champagne experiences three different but equally wonderful stages in aging, captured in three different Dom Perignon releases: the 'regular' vintage wines, which have been aged on the lees for 7-8 years before disgorgement; the P2 wines which see 12-14 years on the lees; and finally the even rarer P3 wines, which undergo more than 20 years lees aging. Let's recap: this is a Champagne that Dom Perignon has designated premium. Less is made of it than their straight vintage Dom, so it's more rare. You won't find it on the shelf of your corner liquor store, or in too many other places either.
Antonio Galloni's Vinous:"The 2002 Dom Pérignon P2 is wonderfully open in its aromatics, but a bit less giving on the palate, especially next to the regular release. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and white pepper open up first, followed by hints of apricot, honey, chamomile and light tropical notes. Interestingly, the P2 is quite a bit less tropical than the original release. Chef de Caves Vincent Chaperon told me he thinks the original release shows more of a buttery character because of the combination of the ripeness of the vintage and the natural evolution of the wine post-disgorgement under crown seal, as opposed to the P2 which stayed much longer on its lees. It is hard to know if that is an exact explanation, but the reality is that the two 2002s are quite far apart stylistically. Drink 2019-2032." Jul 2019
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:"The 2002 Dom Pérignon P2 is still a youthful wine, but it is beginning to develop appreciable complexity, wafting from the glass with notes of of iodine, warm bread, ripe orchard fruit, peach, citrus oil, smoke and peat, which in Geoffroy's words "are on the verge of aromatic over-ripeness." On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy, with a textural, voluminous profile, pinpoint bubbles and a chalky, phenolic finish. This is a ripe and powerful Dom Pérignon that finds its closest stylistic analogy in the 1990 vintage, and it is considerably less evolved than the more tertiary 2000 P2 today. While the P2 is a bit drier and more precise on the finish than the original release, given the wine's slow evolution the difference between the two is less pronounced than it has been for any vintage since 1996. Drink 2018-2036." Mar 2019
Winery: "P2 is the Second Plenitude of Dom Perignon, the result of 16 years of elaboration. Both the complementary and contrasting elements that comprise the 'assemblage' resonate with each other for enhanced intensity, vibrancy and precision. The energy of the wine is at its peak.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 Plénitude 2 expresses confident, enhanced maturity. The assertive character of this wine now gives it genuine and authentic power; a delicate complexity woven through with freshness and minerality, coming together in a light texture. It conjures up pale gold, enhanced with the energy of light: radiant gold.
On the nose: Its complexity starts out warm, golden, shimmering, with eastern exoticism: crystallised fruits, frangipane, sweet spices, fresh coriander. On the first nose, saffron is greyer and more saline, with the bouquet slowly becoming complex and then more austere, mysterious, clean and soothing.On the palate:The flavour instantly unfurls leaving a bright, expressive, delicate aftertaste that is lively yet sensual, and still very fruit-forward. The nose and palate are strikingly similar, and the velvety mouth-feel becomes deeper and richer. The overall result displays intense, elegant, saline and slight liquorice notes."
|Varietal:||Chardonnay and Pinot Noir|