The vibrant landscape of Iceland was the setting for the launch of a new wine in early May, attended by 70 journalists and VIP guests from 14 countries. The magnetic event reflected the unique experience of a champagne whose intensity has been magnified by 16 years of elaboration in the cellars: extra time of maturation on the lees and extended time post-disgorgement, with constant monitoring.
“Time is a fundamental element in the Dom Pérignon equation,” says Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave of the celebrated Champagne house. The terroir, the heritage and inspiration are all essential to assemble a truly great wine whose character, singularity and full expression are revealed over the years. A vintage experiences multiple cycles, multiple lives. Its evolution spans a succession of privileged moments called “Plénitudes”.
Dom Pérignon has no fewer than three Plénitudes. Each reveals new facets, unfolding harmoniously from the previous ones. In this way the wine each time moves closer to the ideal of its original inventor, the monk Father Pierre Pérignon. The Second Plénitude exemplifies energy: after a minimum of 12 years of maturation on the lees, the intensity of the wine is amplified. This expression inspired the creation of P2, the new Dom Pérignon appellation.
To celebrate the new label, Richard Geoffroy chose to reveal the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon 1998. The First Plénitude was a model of balance in 2005. Now, after 16 years in the cellars, its intensity transcends the potential of the vintage. The vintage projects its transcendent potential after 16 years in the cellars, the wine is magnified with a burst of energy. The dynamic of the transformation is palpable, a promise of further compelling surprises to come.
The parallels between the intense character of the wine and the energy of Iceland brought Dom Pérignon to the magnetic island in the North Atlantic, a perfect theater of perpetual movement to reveal P2-1998. P2 was presented to an elite handful of lucky guests against the backdrop of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the lunar landscape of the Gígjökull glacier. The intense experience culminated with a dinner in a village at a secret location…the ideal setting to launch what is destined to be a memorable Second Plénitude with vibrant panache!