- An exceptional cuvée from of the Grandes Marques in Champagne.
- If kept and treated properly, this cuvée will blossom beautifully with age.
- This is a 100% Blanc de blancs sourced the finest Grand and Premier Crus.
One of the best vintages of the century. The year 1996 was full of contrasts and the summer changeable, with the wetter periods never quite making up for the earlier water deficit. Eventually, in the month before grape-picking, 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.
This is a rich, vinous champagne, with a full, creamy mouthfeel and savoury, meaty flavours of mushrooms, toast and pan juices. There's complexity everywhere you turn, and the citrussy finish lasts forever. Youthful and linear on the nose, it comes across the same on the palate, although it does broaden and soften in the middle, revealing slightly nutty fruit and baked lemon with a tangy citrus character. Lightly honeyed and maturing.