Product DetailsThe 1988 vintage has reached its third plénitude,the final stage in the maturation of a Dom Pérignon champagne and the point at which it reaches its maximum expression. With smoky, mineral notes, P3 Vintage 1998 is intense and striking on the palate. As it becomes more round, its depth and finesse emerge. A champagne more than 20 years in the making.
How to enjoy
- Service temperature - 50-54°F
- When to drink - From now to 2030+
- Storage advice - Store horizontally in a cool (50-59°F), dark place, and away from vibrations
- Additional information - Contains sulfites
Blend and Origin
Dom Pérignon P3 Vintage 1988
After an unusually mild winter and early, rapid flowering, the 1988 vintage was marked by a summer that alternated between heavy rainfall and high temperatures. The harvest began in late September for the chardonnay grapes, and slightly later for the pinot noir, with the fruit contributing to a beautifully balanced vintage.
As a champagne ages, it undergoes a metamorphosis. Dom Pérignon only makes vintages champagnes that are released in a series of stages; windows of opportunity known as 'plénitudes', where they begin to show a different expression of the vintage. Wines are held back after the first vintage release, kept on their lees and tasted again over the years until the cellar master believes that they have reached the next stage of expression. A new parcel is then disgorged and offered as a new 'plénitude'. Depending on the vintage, the first plénitude is released after about eight years of maturation in the cellar; the second, after sixteen years or so and the third after twenty five to thirty.
P3, i.e. the third 'plénitude' and so far, the final release of a Dom Pérignon vintage, is the result of twenty five years of maturation in the cellars before disgorgement and release. This final disgorgement happens when the wine has reached its peak of complexity and integration of flavors. Tasting the three plénitudes of the same vintage side by side with their differing disgorgements dates is like tasting a living memory: the true heritage of Dom Pérignon.
Simple, fresh flavors
Grilled shellfish, such as langoustine or lobster, will provide the perfect complement.
Tropical fruits pair well. Try papaya, grilled and served with rich vanilla ice cream.