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This reserve is made in the honor of Robert Winer. The 1996 vintage is also available undosed upon request. It was named one of the Top 10 Effervescents in the world in 2008, and received the gold medal of the competition.
Vinified in enameled steel tanks and in oak casks.
Visual impression : A lovely row of delicate bubbles greets the eye as they enhance the evanescent rim ring. Golden yellow in color with amber lights, the wine is both limpid and brilliant.
Nose : The first whiff of the bouquet is generous and expressive. A graceful maturity is enhanced by an underlying freshness. Its maturity reveals itself in the notes of dried fruit scents and spice cake. When aired, the freshness comes across in the mineral notes.
Palate : The palate is powerful and generous with a perfect balance between maturity and freshness. The dosage is discreet, permitting this exceptional vintage to fully express itself.
AGE OF THE VINES
Clay, limon and marno (in limestone)
July and september 2011
TIME ON LEES
Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.