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Dom Perignon P2 in Gift Box 1998

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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Winemaker Notes

Dom Perignon P2 has an intense, full and radiant bouquet with notes of honeysuckle, orange colored fruits and hints of iodine sensations. The creamy chewiness characterizing the vintage is channeled in a direction that is edgy yet embracing with a wave of aromatic persistence. Smoky, biting and full energy finish balances it all out.

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WW 100
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Let us be clear about this: There is one and only one Dom Perignon and one place in the world called Champagne. With more than three centuries of history, this one spot—Champagne, about an hour's drive east of Paris—has provided the wine industry with some of the richest traditions and continues to teach us about not just sparkling wines but about all wines. Two years ago, Dom Pérignon released the 1998 P2. The "P" stands for plentitude and is how the winery differentiates three distinct aging levels of its Champagnes. The 1998 P2 is the middle of three—one is the "normal" release and P3 would be the final. While I received plenty of advance information on the historic release of P2, I did not fully conceptualize it until I sniffed and tasted. This is an amazing wine. Complex and seamless, there is no rational explanation of this wine, except that it stands on its own plane. For those who like descriptors, the wine begins with a seamless and steady stream of pinpoint bubbles, flows onto the palate with delicate apples, light flowers, and faint bread yeast, and finishes with a crescendo of fresh earth. The 1998 Dom Pérignon is not just for those who love Champagne, the wine is something all wine lovers must experience. The wine has reached its apex and is ready to enjoy now. Find a friend and toast to life! (Best Served: Now to 2025) (Tasted: August 24, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
JS 96
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.
WS 96
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.
W&S 96
Wine & Spirits
From a late harvest saved by fine fall weather, this 1998 is part of new prognram at Dom Perignon, released after extended aging on the lees, disgorged when Richard Geoffroy considers the wine to be reaching its second peak of development-a 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, loquant-like flavors into a finish with tremendous drive. It's open and packed with energy.
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Dom Perignon

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Dom Pierre Perignon set out his vision to "create the best wine in the world" when he became Cellar Master at the sacred Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668. Over 40 years of dedication to this mission led to him being seen by many as the 'father of champagne', due to his visionary spirit and exceptional daring approach to the wine making process - in which he effectively laid down the fundamental rules in the methode champenoise. A favored wine of the Sun King Louis XIV, Dom Perignon himself compared his wine to "drinking stars".

Dom Perignon is made through an assemblage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, created by using only the best grapes harvested from the 17 Grands Crus in Champagne and the Premier Cru of Hautvillers. One of the principle hallmarks of this House is its absolute commitment in only releasing in a vintage year. This commitment to vintage only requires Dom Perignon to reinvent itself every year, staying true to the daring and creative principles laid down by the Dom Pierre Pérignon himself.

The flagship of the House – the Vintage Blanc – is a perfect example of the intricacy of Dom Perignon, expressing the perfect harmony and savoir-faire of the wine making process, while the other key pillars; Vintage Rose and P2 Blanc both bring their own different and exciting elements to be explored.

Champagne

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

Champagne & Sparkling

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Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.

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