P3 - The Third Plenitude:
The maturation of Dom Perignon occurs not in a simple linear trajectory, but in successive leaps into new expression, each of which are called Plenitudes. In the long journey of elaboration, the wine goes through this metamorphosis, a transformation. Each Plenitude contributes to Dom Perignon’s singularity. In the darkness of the cellars, from one plenitude to the next, Dom Perignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy.There are three plenitudes in the life of a given vintage: the first window or plenitude is around 6-8 after the vintage. This is when Dom Perignon Vintage is released.
The second plenitude, or P2, arrives between 12-15 years after vintage, and is about when the energy reaches its climax showing intensity and vibrancy in high-definition.
The third plenitude, P3, comes after around 30 years, when the Champagne has spent more than 20 years on its lees. This is a stage in which maximum complexity is sought, very concentrated, with the most wisdom but with less energy.
Tasting Notes: On the nose, the warm complexity of vanilla, malt, praline and dried fruit quickly merges with the first hints of fresh almond and crushed leaves. In the mouth, the attack is round, luscious, fleshy and creamy - and is remarkably balanced by a lastingly firm finish. Aromas of candied citrus melt into toasty notes.
Harvest: The late budding of the vines was followed by smooth growth. The summer was hot, with perfect weather up to and throughout the harvest, which began on September 17.