Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne Blend 1996

$415

I have had a lot of great vintages of Dom Perignon, but I do not remember any as impressive as the 1996. Even richer than the brilliant 1990, the 1996 is still tightly wound, but reveals tremendous aromatic intensity, offering hints of bread dough, Wheat Thins, tropical fruits, and roasted hazelnuts. Medium to full-bodied, with crisp acidity buttressing the wines wealth of fruit and intensity, it comes across as extraordinarly zesty, well-delineated, and incredibly long on the palate. Moet-Chandon deserves considerable accolades for this prodigious example of Dom Perignon. Anticipated maturity: now-2020+ Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

This was one of the better bottles of wine I’ve had in a while... Unreal layers of complexity, bright floral notes, and toasty brioche flavors. The acid, structure, and weight were seamless.

This was one of the better bottles of wine I’ve had in a while... Unreal layers of complexity, bright floral notes, and toasty brioche flavors. The acid, structure, and weight were seamless.

9.7

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Pale light gold color. Tight nose at first but opens up with air. Rich in the mouth with steady acidity and great mouth feel. Gives a nice impactful finish. A better sample of this than many previous bottles I’ve tried. Really good tonight.

Pale light gold color. Tight nose at first but opens up with air. Rich in the mouth with steady acidity and great mouth feel. Gives a nice impactful finish. A better sample of this than many previous bottles I’ve tried. Really good tonight.

9.5

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Medium gold with vibrant bubbles. A bit more of a subdued nose than the 02 Taittinger CDC next to it. Notes of lemon, apricot, white stones and some tan spice. Has a bit more of a complexity to it. Rich and glycerol in the mouth. Has some lovely but subtle power in the finish. Not the best of the bottles of this I’ve had. But still a nice treat.

Medium gold with vibrant bubbles. A bit more of a subdued nose than the 02 Taittinger CDC next to it. Notes of lemon, apricot, white stones and some tan spice. Has a bit more of a complexity to it. Rich and glycerol in the mouth. Has some lovely but subtle power in the finish. Not the best of the bottles of this I’ve had. But still a nice treat.

9.4

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Soft brioche, settled citrus, hints of shells and a salinity. Secondary notes coming through- honeysuckle, biscuit. Delicate and sophisticated- perfectly in place.

Soft brioche, settled citrus, hints of shells and a salinity. Secondary notes coming through- honeysuckle, biscuit. Delicate and sophisticated- perfectly in place.

9.5

Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

The 1996 Dom Perignon is a revelation at now twenty three years of age. On the nose this takes on some spectacular range from Challah bread tones to lemon zest as well as Pink Lady apple and candied ginger. Once on the attack this shows formidable weight and tension, while this seamless wine effortlessly dances across the mid-palate. Ripe Japanese pear, brioche, lemon zest and wild mushroom flavors collide with the strong salinity and minerality. A true heavyhitter, this wine has many rounds left to fight, but is simply intoxicating at this stage in its development. Drink 2019-2040- 98

The 1996 Dom Perignon is a revelation at now twenty three years of age. On the nose this takes on some spectacular range from Challah bread tones to lemon zest as well as Pink Lady apple and candied ginger. Once on the attack this shows formidable weight and tension, while this seamless wine effortlessly dances across the mid-palate. Ripe Japanese pear, brioche, lemon zest and wild mushroom flavors collide with the strong salinity and minerality. A true heavyhitter, this wine has many rounds left to fight, but is simply intoxicating at this stage in its development. Drink 2019-2040- 98

9.8

Greg Koslosky Delectable Pro

Serious bottles but still backward.

Serious bottles but still backward.

9.5

Mike Saviage Delectable Pro

Great young color with nice small bubbles. Nose of citrus, apples, toasted bread and a little hazelnut. Nice mouthfeel. Not the best example of this wine for me, but not the worst either.

Great young color with nice small bubbles. Nose of citrus, apples, toasted bread and a little hazelnut. Nice mouthfeel. Not the best example of this wine for me, but not the worst either.

9.3

Bob Bryden Delectable Pro

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

Apples, pears, lime zest on buttered, lightly toasted croissant and never ending bubbles. Amazingly long finish. Did I mention the buttery mouthfeel? Wow!

Apples, pears, lime zest on buttered, lightly toasted croissant and never ending bubbles. Amazingly long finish. Did I mention the buttery mouthfeel? Wow!

9.8

Ron R Delectable Pro

Here we go... let the games begin! Brilliant showing. Nose is soft, but offers up notes of bread, yeast and a hint of petrol. Beautiful poise on the palette with biscuits, almonds and brioche, with apricots and peach coming along for the ride. Absolutely sublime!

Here we go... let the games begin! Brilliant showing. Nose is soft, but offers up notes of bread, yeast and a hint of petrol. Beautiful poise on the palette with biscuits, almonds and brioche, with apricots and peach coming along for the ride. Absolutely sublime!

9.6

Greg Koslosky Delectable Pro

Off the charts good.

Off the charts good.

9.7

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.