Dom Pérignon P2 1998 in magnum has won the title of 2017 Supreme World Champion and Best French Sparkling Wine at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) held on September 14th in London.

Dom Perignon P2 1998

Founder and head judge of CSWWC Tom Stevenson commented: “After a hardly fought contest, uncovering some exceptional sparkling wines from 29 different countries, we were delighted to see Dom Pérignon Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy collect the ultimate crown for the very first time.”

P2 is the relatively new brand name given to Dom Pérignon oenothèque cuvée that have been aging on lees at least 15 years, long enough to reaches its second plénitude.

Dom Pérignon House claims that vintage champagne does not in a steadily linear way but through successive windows of expression.

These points in time are called “Plénitudes” – captured moments when it’s best to disgorge the champagne.

DP identified three plenitudes in the life of a given vintage champagne: the first plenitude (P1) comes between seven to eight years after the vintage, the second one (P2) arrives between 12 and 15 years, and the third one (P3).

Dom Pérignon P2 1998, currently released, is the result of 16 years of elaboration.