Lifted, fresh aromas of pear, citrus fruits, and toasted nuts.
Pale pear in colour, looking remarkably youthful for its age. Fine, erratic beads that gently soften out in the glass, slowing down in its efforts to rise to the surface.
The palate is full of consistent fizz, with plenty of richness and fine beads, giving an almost hypnotic/tranquil performance. The finish is extremely long and pleasant, showing hints of vanilla and mouse, in a marriage of youthful, fresh, and vibrant fruit, ending with perfectly balanced acidity that just lingers forever.
Drunk with two close friends, one of which had never had Champagne before, the other who had tried on several occasions, but never the highly acclaimed 1996 vintage. Nobody was disappointed.