Peter Liem recently blind tasted 45 Champagnes from 1996, all but one sourced directly from producers. Only eight wines, including selections from Jacquesson and Lilbert-fils, were given a top rating.
Among the very best wines of the tasting were Louis Roderer’s Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Philliponat’s Clos des Goisses, and Salon; alongside these were the sophisticated Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, the vividly expressive Cramant from Lilbert, the mouthfilling Cuvée Louis from Tarlant, and the sublime Avize blanc de blancs from Jacquesson. -Peter Liem, champagneguide.net, March 2017
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