In Champagne the 1996 vintage was hailed early on as exceptional, exceptionally good, not least because the grapes notched up record levels of both ripeness and acidity.
95 points Wine Spectator
Lovely flavors of red berries, apricot and citrus are matched to a silky texture and precise balance in this seamless presentation. It continues to build and build on the palate, to a complex, detailed conclusion.
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Soft citrus fruits, ginger, mint and toast on the nose. Very ripe, fat and smooth, with intense flavors of soft citrus fruits. This softened up quickly in the glass, showing a creamy mid-palate richness. But finishes fresh, firm and long. One senses the full ripeness of the vintage here. Distinctly user-friendly 1996 Champagne.
90 points Wine & Spirits
The ginger and pear flavors of this wine build a firm base for all the toast and touches of oxidative character. It's clean and mouthwatering, ready for cracked crab.
Particularly lively mousse. Lemon and chalk nose. Tight-knit, quite fine. Very punchy acidity but there is sufficient fruit too. An admirable package. Vigorous mousse.