Moet and Chandon Champagne

Dom Perignon Vintage 2003 P2 Plenitude

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Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 P2 Plenitude 

P2 is the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon Vintage. Aged for around 15 years in the cellars at Dom Perignon, the wine's character evolves more width, depth, length and intensity, still with the potential for further ageing and development.

This rare release takes Dom Pérignon's superb 2003 vintage to the next level. Filled with a new energy and intensity, the champagne has reached its second plénitude – the point at which it evolves into a different expression.

2003 is a year that will remain forever the year that changed the history of Champagne. A scorching summer imposed the earliest harvest since 1822.

The Nose:

Out of the floral softness of lime tree emerges the grey, toasted, ashy minerality so typical of Dom Pérignon. A taste of dried fruit – apricot – appears, then the candied fruitiness of raspberry and fig. Unexpectedly, the freshness of lemon verbena, white pepper and rosemary rises for an instant, before plunging into the darkness of spices and liquorice root.

The Palate:

This is a physical wine. It calls to you and draws you in, more tactile and vibrant than aromatic. Like a wave, it is built on rhythm and breaks: first it unfolds, then envelops – generous and structured – before withdrawing into a deep, dark verticality that slowly stretches towards a bitter, sapid iodine sensation.

"The notoriously daring vintage of Dom Pérignon at 18 years old in recently disgorged form. Rich, broad nose with notes of candied mandarin – not instantly recognisable as Dom P on the nose. Toasty palate entry and still quite rich on the palate, thanks to lower than usual acidity presumably. Again, there was no fear of phenolics when making this wine as the logic was that the phenolics would make up for the softness of the acidity. This is now a gentle wine with very much its own personality. Soft and smoky at the start and then saline and refreshing on the finish. It's more like a bit of told-you-so evidence than, necessarily, the one Dom P you would choose from the current range available. But, boy, does it persist!", 18/20 points, Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com May 2021.

"The 2003 Dom Pérignon P2 is rich and demonstrative, wafting from the glass with aromas of stone fruits, honeycomb and buttered toast that leave more space for the wine's generous fruit tones than the more overtly yeasty original disgorgement. Full-bodied, broad and textural, it remains very youthful despite its below-average acidity, with notable precision to its ripe fruit tones and chalky structuring extract that provides, to some extent, a compensating sensation of freshness; it's actually evolving more slowly than its 2002 counterpart. Given the wine's richness, it works best with food. Chaperon relates that then-Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy rejected any musts with a pH exceeding 3.3, the only time this metric has been used as a basis for selection for Dom Pérignon, and that the juice was allowed to oxidize before vinification. I'm looking forward to seeing the 2003 in its P3 incarnation, as I suspect that the wine will really come into its own when it develops more tertiary notes." 94/100 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate, September 2021.

 

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Availability:
Normally ships same day if ordered before 12pm.
Size:
75cl
ABV:
12.5 %
Vintage:
2003
Winemaking:
Vegan
Closure:
Cork
Drink:
Now to 2040
Appellation:
Champagne

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