• Diebolt-Vallois Cuvée Prestige (1995/1996)

    Among the champagnes that I opened over the recent holiday season was this bottle of Diebolt-Vallois Cuvée Prestige, blended from the 1995 and 1996 vintages. This wasn’t an original disgorgement, but rather a late-disgorged bottle that Jacques Diebolt had given me sometime in 2009 or 2010.

    In this era, the Cuvée Prestige was still being sourced exclusively from old vines in the best parcels of Cramant, typically blended from three different vintages, but sometimes two, or sometimes four. Prior to the creation of Fleur de Passion, it was, veritably, the estate’s prestige cuvée, as the name implies, and it was not only the finest wine in Diebolt’s cellar, but one of the reference points for the cru.

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