Dom Perignon P2 Vintage 2002
Dom Perignon P2 Vintage 2002 is the pinnacle of champagne drinking. Dom Perignon's creation is centered upon its absolute dedication to vintage wines. Each vintage wine is created from the best grapes grown in a single year - a true challenge for a unique interpretation of the seasons and for reinvention. The uniqueness of Dom Perignon vintages lies in the way they evolve - not steadily and in a linear way, but a successive windows of expression that are called "Plenitudes". Reaching new heights and revealing the spirit of Dom Perignon even more distinctly, it is only at these times that the wines is worthy of a new release. From one Plenitude to the next, the power of creation of the "Chef de Cave" is inscribed into the memory of the wine.
If Dom Perignon reaches its first Plenitude after more than 8 years, it requires nearly 16 years of elaboration for Plenitude 2 to be revealed. Both the complementary and contrasting elements that comprise the "assemblage" resonate with each other for enhanced intensity, bibrancy and precision. The energy of the wine is at its peak.
For the 2002 vintage, the contrasting climate resulted in an overall dry year. While August was generally gloomy and rainy, September was simply superb despite the punctuation of an occasional thunderstorm. Fortunately, fruit health was not seriously affected. The combined affect of wind and hat resulted in berry concentration that lasted until the beginning of harvest on September 14. Maturity is outstanding and somewhat reminiscent of that in 1982 and 1990. The almost exotic maturity of Chardonnay is a distinct characteristic of the vintage. The complexity of the nose is first and foremost warm, glowing gold with oriental exotic flavours: crystallized fruits, marzipan, sweet spices and fresh coriander. After breathing, fresh saffron evolves to a more grey, saline nature and the bouquet darkens, appears deeper, more reserved, harmonious and serene. The mouth contains flavours that are instantly delivered in a compelling fashion, opulent and ethereal, lively yet sensual, all around a core of fruit expression. Between the juxtaposition of aroma and palate, the sensuality becomes gradually more luscious, more tense, more profound. The combination maintains a fine lined precision of salinity with hints of liquorice.
The Finer Details
Style - Champagne
Varietal - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Country - France
Region - Champagne
Vintage - 2002
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 12.5%