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1996 Champagne Ariston Vintage Brut (750ml)
Producer: Champagne Ariston Fils champagne-aristonfils.com
Appellation: Champagne - France (AOC)
Type: sparkling white
Varietal: Chardonnay - Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Good/Very Good
Est. Price: n/a
Tasting Notes:
rated: March 24, 2004 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
" This is one of the best '96 vintage Champagnes I have tasted yet, from anyone. In June (2002), I tasted this wine for the first time at the property with the grower. It was the first tasting for his wife, too. She wasn't very happy about that, especially since this may be the greatest wine her husband has ever made and he had been hiding it from her. Paul-Vincent Ariston decided to hold this wine and leave it on the yeast even longer than Roederer held back their Cristal! The wine has a purity of Pinot Noir fruit and a rare focus that reminds me of Volnay on the nose. In the mouth it is bright and light without lacking concentration. It is just plain complete! I think that this wine has more than a decade of great drinking ahead of it. The price does not make one bit of sense, but I am not going to argue for a higher one! Do not try this wine if you are worried that you might get spoiled, because you will. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne and Sherry Buyer))" Best 2002-2012
rated: March 24, 2004 , Mark Vershel
3.5 stars " A-"