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Vintage 1996

Millésime 1996 (Vintage 1996) is the greatest vintage of the last century. It offers a palate which blends strength, refined flavours and fruity aromas

 

Colour: Transparent, brilliant, with sparkling golden highlights

 

Sparkle: Fine, long-lasting mousse with a creamy finish

 

Bouquet: An initial burst of fruity, biscuity flavours with notes of almond and nuts, followed by a second nose of red plums and mirabelles

 

Palate: A delightfully fresh initial impression, pure notes of autumn fruits with a hint of mirabelles

 

Overall impression: A perfect balance of alcohol, sweetness and acid. Bouquet and palate are in perfect harmony. An excellent vintage that will take its place in the history of the centuries.

 

Alcohol: 12.5% vol.

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One of the absolute foremost vintages ever from Gratien. Simply a wonderfully, beautifully braided composition. A real work of art with oily, accessible, modern fruit with buttery elements. Fresh acidity under a layer of vanilla-propelled aromas. Elegant and as sophisticated as an Italian sports car. However, I was somewhat less impressed at my latest tasting.
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Medium-deep, lemon-green colour. Very fresh and lively youthful, green very fresh and elegant. Lively. Purity of fruit, nice creaminess. Pehmeä paahde koko ajan taustalla, silkuy, glossy, beautiful.
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Épernay, Champagne

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Millésime 1996  ( Alfred Gratien )

"One of the absolute foremost vintages ever from Gratien. Simply a wonderfully, beautifully braided composition. A real work of art with oily, accessible, modern fruit with buttery elements. Fresh acidity under a layer of vanilla-propelled aromas. Elegant and as sophisticated as an Italian sports car. However, I was somewhat less impressed at my latest tasting."

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Millésime 1996  ( Alfred Gratien )

"Medium-deep, lemon-green colour. Very fresh and lively youthful, green very fresh and elegant. Lively. Purity of fruit, nice creaminess. Pehmeä paahde koko ajan taustalla, silkuy, glossy, beautiful."

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