There was considerable excitement in this Champagne vintage when the first examples began appearing in the market almost 20 years ago. Recognisable for its fine backbone of minerality and acidity, 1996 also seemed like a vintage destined for the long haul. And, 25 years from harvest, we are now at a good stage to really judge that ‘long haul’ potential. We have chosen for you a wide range of styles, all at the top – prestige cuvée – quality level, and covering a range of styles, districts, and blends. With ten wines to savour over the course of the evening we should finish with a good sense of the style and performance of this vintage, as well as each identifying our own personal favourites.
Wines to be served:
1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne 'Dom Pérignon'
1996 Maison Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’
1996 Taittinger ‘Comtes de Champagne’ Blanc de Blancs
1996 Salon ‘Le Mesnil’ Blanc de Blancs
1996 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut
1996 Pol Roger ‘Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill’
1996 Philipponnat ‘Clos des Goisses’
1996 Billecart-Salmon ‘Le Clos St. Hilaire’ Blanc de Noirs
1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne 'Dom Pérignon' Rosé