Read our profile on Champagne Dom Pérignon, where each vintage interprets the character of the seasons.
Dom Pérignon originally its name from a Benedictine monk. In the 17th century Pierre Pérignon resided in the Abbey of Hautvilliers where he took pride in caring for its cellars and winemaking.
Over the subsequent decades and centuries, there have been several reports that Dom Pérignon invented what we now define as Champagne. However, while he contributed strongly to winemaking techniques, he is not considered to have created France’s premier sparkling wine.
Some time after his death in 1794, Moët et Chandon bought the Abbey of Hautvillers and continued Pierre Pérignon’s work.
Dom Pérignon is only available as a vintage and is made using a blend of two grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, harvested from some of the best vineyards in Champagne. Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy, is in charge of deciding e a Dom Pérignon vintage.
Today, Dom Perignon is part of the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) empire owned by France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault.
The ‘P2-1998’ marks both the end of the Oenotheque range and the first in its new ‘second plenitude’ series. The plenitude concept, is a series of stages during a wine’s development on its lees that produces ‘windows of opportunity or plenitudes’ which, once the wine is disgorged, can represent different expressions of the same vintage.
There are three such plenitudes: the first, which shows ‘harmony’, comes approximately eight years after the vintage, while the second takes ‘roughly 15 years’, 12 of which are spent on its lees. For the second plenitude, They’re looking for the peak of energy, intensity and vibrancy, showing the wine in high-definition and the third stage takes place between 30 and 40 years after the vintage with ‘no less than 20 years on its lees.
Wine to try: Dom Pérignon, P2 1998
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