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1996 Salon Cuvee S Le Mesnil in Box

ChampagneSparklingHighly RecommendInternationalPrivate Cellar

$ 3000.00 AUD

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The worlds greatest Champagne that is only produced in exceptional years, it's that simple! 100 points of utter perfection, this will leave you speechless.A warm, even hot, spring with no real change during the summer, conditions that allowed the grapes to gorge themselves on sugar while preserving good acidity. Harvest began on 23 September.

Region - Champagne

Type - Sparkling

Year - 1996

Winery - Champagne

Grape - Blanc de Blancs

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

This bottle represents the apotheosis of Blanc de Blancs, unfurling with a stunningly complex bouquet of citrus oil, confit lemon, dried white flowers and oyster shell, with hints of praline and pastry cream becoming more pronounced as the wine opens up in the glass. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, defined by the incisive spine so typical of the vintage that, here, is cloaked in layers of crisp fleshy and chalky extract. The finish is long, penetrating and saline.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Something Special

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus

Other aromas & flavour

Buttery, Florals, Minerality, Nuttiness, Spices, Toastiness

Body type

full

Acidity

medium

Food pairings

Pork

Cheese

Pizza

Fish

Red Meat

Pasta

BBQ

Vegetables

Poultry

Shellfish

Oysters

Spicy Foods

Cured Meats

Desserts

Expert review

Hazelnut, spices, flowers form part of the remarkable aromatic complexity of this Champagne that also has also remarkable depth of character. On the palate, a sensation of flesh and opulence, but also the telltale precision and erect backbone of racy acidity, and an enthralling finish ending on a refreshing note of salinity. A truly great Salon that leaves one speechless. 100 points

Decanter Magazine

The Grape

Blanc de Blancs

French for “white of whites”, Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. Made famous in Champagne, these wines have an incredible purity and linearity about them and express with intense lemon and apple-like fruit flavours, usually with an underlying seam of minerality and precise acidity.

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