When the wine has reached its optimal stage of maturity it will be released as Oenotheque. To guarantee the excellence of the wine, each Oenotheque bottle is tasted at disgorging by a Dom Perignon wine maker.
The 1996 Oenotheque initially presents with aromas of citron and dried figs. These aromas segue into darker underlying notes of iodine and peat. On the palate, there is a a competition of concentration and movement against ascendancy. The tense structure of the wine provides an exciting energy which is contained momentarily before vibrating and exploding. The opulence of the wine then proceeds to become persistent and persuasive.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 97
"The 1996 Dom Perignon OEenotheque offers up layers of pastry, lemon, smoke and toastiness. At first deceptively understated, the wine turns positively explosive and layered on the palate, showing remarkable tension, elegance and power, all wrapped around a seriously intense frame. The balance between fruit and acidity is awesome. This is a marvelous DP OEeno. The OEeno is the same juice as the regular Dom Perignon, except the OEeno is aged on the cork while the regular DP is aged in crown-sealed bottles. Once disgorged, the OEenos get a slightly lower dosage than is typical for the original release DP. This bottle was disgorged in 2008."