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  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

Vintage 1996

Vivacity and delicacy
Chardonnay in grand style, a model of balance and a pure product of the Chardonnay vine, it is the result of a blend of the best grands crus sites of the Côte des Blancs: Chouilly for its finesse, Avize for its power and Mesnil-sur-Oger for its structure and longevity.

Appearance: Pale gold, this cuvée displays a mousse that is both fine and delicate.

Aroma: Mineral and citrus fruits initially, followed by perfumes of white flowers.

Palate: A vintage characterised by its lively yet delicate flavour followed by a long finish - an outstanding way to fully appreciate all the character of Chardonnay. Its elegant and gracious vinosity is particularly appreciated by connoisseurs.

Serving: An ideal champagne for an aperitif, this Blanc de Blancs will also delightfully enhance the flavours of exceptional fish or seafood.

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Tasting note

color

Youthful, Yellow and Healthy

ending

Medium, Round and Flavorful

nose

Intense, Pure, Fresh and Generous

taste

Balanced, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Medium-bodied, Fruity, Fragrant and Refined

Verdict

Sophisticated and Well made

Written Notes

With stony acidic Chardonnay from Le Mesnil as a base, fruit from Avize as well as creaminess from Chouilly and Cramant, this young, crystal-clear '96 has everything needed for a really great Blanc de Blancs. When freshly poured there are notes of egg toddy, but they are quickly transformed when aired, winding up closer to Sabayon, with roasted almonds and lemon cream supported by, naturally, a blast-wave of white flowers.
  • 92p
Deep lemon-gold colour. Pronounced, sweet buned sugar nose. Honey, voluptuous, charmiing, Very acidic, a bit green vegetal note, a bit too acidic. Fluffy refined mousse.
  • 91p
Looking youthful, yellow and healthy. Intense, refined, fresh, generous and pure on the nose. The taste is refined, fragrant, fruity, balanced, multi-dimensional, concentrated and medium-bodied. Medium, round, flavorful and vibrant. Well made and sophisticated. Decanted 15min and drink between 2020 and 2030. Costs about 50-100€ per bottle.
  • 96p

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Blanc de Blancs Vintage 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"With stony acidic Chardonnay from Le Mesnil as a base, fruit from Avize as well as creaminess from Chouilly and Cramant, this young, crystal-clear '96 has everything needed for a really great Blanc de Blancs. When freshly poured there are notes of egg toddy, but they are quickly transformed when aired, winding up closer to Sabayon, with roasted almonds and lemon cream supported by, naturally, a blast-wave of white flowers."

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Blanc de Blancs Vintage 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"Deep lemon-gold colour. Pronounced, sweet buned sugar nose. Honey, voluptuous, charmiing, Very acidic, a bit green vegetal note, a bit too acidic. Fluffy refined mousse."

4y 5m ago

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