The superb Henriot Millesime 1996 in Jeroboam

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A superb Jeroboam from a standout year, Henriot Millesime 1996 – Recently disgorged with 24 years lees ageing.

The 1996 vintage was a standout year: one of, if not the, best of the last twenty. A warm beginning to June followed by a cooler end provided favourable growing conditions and the weather fluctuation resulted in staggered flowering of the Chardonnay grapes. September was sunny but mild with light scattered showers creating incredible grape maturation with high sugar and acidity levels. This unique sugar/acidity balance combined with small, concentrated berries revealed an aromatic depth rarely seen in Champagne

96/100 – Anne Krebiehl –
“The lemon sherbet notes are subtle at first but soon start filling the nose. The palate hits on a bright shaft of linearity, taut and vivid, shimmering with Mirabelle and Amalfi lemon, bedding 96’s searing freshness in fruit. An elixir of youth”