Joyau de France 1996

Cuvee: Prestige Cuvée
Vintage: 1996
A superb champagne, yielding a remarkable quality of grapes characterised by their high alcohol potential and exceptional acidity. Ample and complex it is the quintessence of the Boizel expertise. 1996 was an outstanding rare vintage in Champagne, presenting high alcool potential just as exceptionally high levels of acidity – comparable to some of the greatest vintages of the past. Only grapes from Grand and Premier Crus villages can offer the potential of complexity and elegance sought after for Joyau de France collection: Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and Pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims.

The blend
Only Grand Crus and Premiers Crus grapes: Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (40 %) and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims (60 %). Dosage: 8 gr/l

Tasting notes
Eye: The robe is warm golden yellow, very fine persistent effervescence, delicate and creamy mousse

Nose: The bouquet is richly aromatic and shows lots of finesse and purity. Notes of dried fruits, apricots and mild spices then reveal a gourmand touch with brioche and biscuit notes topping the mineral background

Mouth: The attack on the palate is both ample and dense. The mouth is superbly linear, combining great wealth with remarkable lightness and finesse. Its toasted almond and citrus fruit notes harmoniously enhance the sensations perceived. The freshness is a tell tale sign of its outstanding cellar potential. The finish is generous and very long

Food pairing
A perfect partner for the essentials of French gastronomy, or for a refined aperitif, lobster salad, or fine, aged parmesan
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