The much-hyped 1996 vintage has proven less consistent than the original hype suggested. Pinot Noir didn’t have enough phenolic and aromatic ripeness (many were too excited by the 10g/l malic acidity and 10 degrees potential ABV combination to notice). A great vintage for Blanc de Blancs then, yet the winemaking team delivered a thrilling edition of this wine for 1996. A higher dosage and that lovely acidity gave birth to a rich, complex champagne with lovely freshness and fruit. The lime blossom and lemony toast of youth are beginning to fade a little as the wine strides into its final drinking window. Supremely balanced, with elegant aromas of coffee, toast with a peppering of walnut. Mouthwatering fruit and long angular finish.
Always stored on its side in a climate controlled cellar.
Please note: The bottle shown is the exact bottle being sold.
Overall outstanding condition. Excellent color & clarity as shown.