Jane Anson ranks this wine as one of top bottles tasted in 2016. Read why below.
Dom Pérignon, Oenothèque, Champagne 1996
Taster: Jane Anson, top wines of 2016
I tasted this at a friend’s 50th birthday, where we drank several incredible 1966 Bordeaux (the standout being Cheval Blanc 1966 that could easily have featured in my favourite wines of 2016.
This was of course much younger, but just a brilliant Champagne.
Richly textured, perfectly toasted from its 12 years on the lees (it was disgorged in 2008 and these later disgorged bottles have a little less dosage than the 2004 version). Elegant and precise but with layers of lemon curd creaminess that adds to the impressive complexity on display.
This is 20 years old but still almost impossibly vibrant and fresh, and has many years ahead of it.
98 points / 100
Taster: Tyson Stelzer, August 2016
Such high-strung energy, drive and acid tension – this is almost completely devoid of time evolution. Achingly youthful, dancing with fairy lightness on a stage of solid chalk. Resounding proof that the intoxicating concentration and searing acidity of 1996 can find harmony.
Taster: Michael Edwards, June 2016
From longer lees ageing this is a big step up from the standard release. Its svelte texture signals a much better integration of the acidity while retaining the power of the vintage. Now an excellent balance of evolved citrus and orchard fruits. Great vinosity and a very long finish.
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