The 2002 Dom Pérignon P2 is wonderfully open in its aromatics but a bit less giving on the palate especially next to the regular release. Lemon confit white flowers mint and white pepper open up first followed by hints of apricot honey chamomile and light tropical notes. Interestingly the P2 is quite a bit less tropical than the original release. Chef de Caves Vincent Chaperon told me he thinks the original release shows more of a buttery character because of the combination of the ripeness of the vintage and the natural evolution of the wine post-disgorgement under crown seal as opposed to the P2 which stayed much longer on its lees. It is hard to know if that is an exact explanation but the reality is that the two 2002s are quite far apart stylistically.v
The 2002 Dom Pérignon P2 is still a youthful wine but it is beginning to develop appreciable complexity wafting from the glass with notes of of iodine warm bread ripe orchard fruit peach citrus oil smoke and peat which in Geoffroy's words "are on the verge of aromatic over-ripeness." On the palate the wine is medium to full-bodied broad and fleshy with a textural voluminous profile pinpoint bubbles and a chalky phenolic finish. This is a ripe and powerful Dom Pérignon that finds its closest stylistic analogy in the 1990 vintage and it is considerably less evolved than the more tertiary 2000 P2 today. While the P2 is a bit drier and more precise on the finish than the original release given the wine's slow evolution the difference between the two is less pronounced than it has been for any vintage since 1996.