- An exceptional vintage from a famous Grande Marque.
- The Millenium vintage made to last.
- For simplicity, have on its own or pair with Caviar.
When you combine the most iconic champagne with the best vintage of the century, you end up with a gem. This Dom Pérignon Vintage 1996 is a real treasure for champagne connoisseurs, with extremely limited stock.
The year 1996 was full of contrasts and the summer changeable, with the wetter periods never quite making up for the earlier hydric deficit. Eventually, in the month before grape-picking (September 16), it was as much the spells of hot weather as the influence of north-easterly winds that led to the original maturity of the vintage.
On the nose: White peach, candied lemons, vanilla, praline and white pepper. On the palate: the first pour reveals a wine that shows no immediate signs of having spent the last two decades in a bottle: a surprisingly light, barely golden, yellowish hue with a millions of tiny bubbles. The initial taste has that wonderful signature Dom Pérignon touch: a flowery/fruity twist of fresh exotic fruits, pear and green apples blending with jasmine flowers on a mineral backdrop of limestone and chalk. Only in the aftertaste does it reveal its true age as a myriad of deeper, aged notes – toasted brioche, nuts, mushrooms and coffee – start fighting for attention against the immediate freshness.
Our advice: let it air for half an hour to give time to the aroma to develop. With time in the glass, it opened up fully, rewarding us with a fruitiness that warped from fresh and vibrant into notes of baked apples and poached pears on a bed of secondary notes of baked sourdough, mushrooms, cream and toffee.
Maturity: drink now up to 2023.