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Average Review Score: 4.9
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Average Review Score: 4.9
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Champagne Vintage 1996

This remarkable harvest year was marked by alternating warm and cool spells. Strong winds from the north were responsible for dehydration of the berries, which led to extraordinary concentration, and cool September nights kept the acidity high. The harvest was spread between September 14th and mid-October and took place largely under clear skies. It resulted in a bumper crop (10,332 kg/ha) of grapes displaying amazing ripeness. Such sugar-to-acid ratio was unforeseen in the region and the wines are marked by an accentuated acidity averaging as high as 10.0 g/l, with potential alcohol levels reaching an average of 10.3%. Originally the vintage was very much hyped, but we have since witnessed a number of disappointing Champagnes from the year displaying either premature oxidation or razor-sharp unbalanced acidity - or both. Nevertheless, the majestic character of the best Champagnes renders the vintage deserving of the full five stars even if the results are far from uniform. Its most successful bottlings include Deutz Cuvée William Deutz Rosé, Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Clos du Mesnil, Louis Roederer Cristal and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne.
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Palmer & Co Collection Vintage 1996
Single
£228.00
Mix 6
£224.00 each
Mix 12
£222.00 each
Recently disgorged 21 years lees ageing!
Palmer & Co Collection Blanc de Blancs 1996
Single
£238.00
Mix 6
£234.00 each
Mix 12
£232.00 each
Beautiful balance and slow-building finesse.
Palmer & Co Collection Blanc de Blancs 1996
Single
£538.00
Mix 6
£534.00 each
Mix 12
£532.00 each
Beautiful balance and slow-building finesse.
Krug 1996
Single
£598.00
Mix 6
£594.00 each
Mix 12
£592.00 each
Unparalleled wine from outstanding vintage: this is special.
Krug 1996 Cellared at Krug Until 2020
Single
£624.00
Mix 6
£620.00 each
Mix 12
£618.00 each
Unparalleled wine from outstanding vintage: this is special.
Henriot Millesime 1996
Single
£674.00
Mix 6
£670.00 each
Mix 12
£668.00 each
Recently Disgorged 24 Years Lees Ageing
Bollinger R.D. 1996
Single
£1150.00
Stunning vintage! Such ripe fruits & complex flavours.
Palmer & Co Collection Vintage 1996
Single
£1244.00
Recently disgorged 21 years lees ageing!
Dom Perignon Rose Plenitude 2 P2 Vintage 1996
Single
£1340.00
Packed full of personality & so youthful for a 20 year-old!
Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 1996 - Disgorgement in Autumn 2021
Single
£2200.00
Recent Disgorgement of a Classic Champagne
Dom Perignon Oenotheque Gift Box Vintage 1996
Case Price
£3844.00
Exclusive 6 bottle case of Dom Perignon's best ever cuvee.
Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1996
Single
£4176.00
Opulent & deluxe, 1996 will go down in the history books.
Dom Perignon Oenotheque Vintage 1996
Sold Out
The best second release Dom Perignon. Truly exceptional.
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Blanc de Blancs 1996
Sold Out
Wood Boxed 3*75cl 24 Years Lees Ageing