• Jacques Diebolt opening a bottle of 1996

    The 1996 vintage is one that continues to be unpredictable: some champagnes are prematurely oxidized, and some have never been able to cope with their shrill acidities. And then there are some that are simply outstanding in all the right ways, reminding us why we all got so excited about the vintage in the first place.

    On a recent visit to Diebolt-Vallois, Jacques Diebolt pulled out a couple of wines that demonstrated all the grandeur and class that the best ‘96s are capable of. Diebolt’s vintage cuvées are distinguished by their terroirs—the gold-labeled millésime is based largely on chardonnay from the village of Cuis, blended with some parcels in Epernay (and today Chouilly), and if any Cramant is included, it&rs
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