Dom Pérignon champagne owes its name to Pierre Pérignon, the famous monk and cellar master of Abbey de Hautvillers in 1668, who was also known as Dom Pérignon. Legend says that Pierre Pérignon discovered what is known today as the Champagne method. As a point of interest, he taught this method to Benedictine monk, Thierry Ruinart, in 1669, which allowed Ruinart to become the first Champagne house in 1729. Since 1st January 2019, Vincent Chaperon has succeeded Richard Geoffroy as Dom Pérignon’s Cellar Master.
A unique concept by Dom Pérignon, Plénitude P2 offers a new expression of Dom Pérignon champagnes that have enjoyed fifteen years in the cellar. Patiently matured and preciously preserved in the house’s cellars, Dom Pérignon P2 rosé 1996 then boasts a radiant vitality and reveals all its length, fullness, depth and intensity.
1996 was a year marked by shifting weather conditions, marked by rainy periods followed by a capricious summer. The hot weather in August finally enabled the grapes to attain an excellent ripeness level. The grape harvest took place between September 16th and October 1st. With its exceptional maturity, 1996 is marked by an incredible balance between power and acidity.
On tasting, the nose of Dom Pérignon’s Plénitude P2 Rosé 1996 seduces with its fermentation aromas of malt before giving way to notes of ripe summer fruits and wild strawberries. Peaty notes then emerge.
The palate is full of contrast, combining concentration with a bold energy. Gradually, the palate lets all its flavours express themselves with strength and tension. The finish is firm and ends with light spicy and vanilla notes, reinforcing the shifts that characterised this dazzling 1996 vintage.