1996 Desbordes-Amiaud Premier Cru Brut

SKU #1041082

Do you have enough of the great 1996 Champagne vintage in your cellar? Probably not! This wonderful Blanc de Noir is made exclusively from Pinot Noir grown on the family's estate in Ecuiel, a Premier Cru on the "Petite Montagne." It has a dark hay color, with a very generous nose of brioche, porcini mushroom and savory, smoky Pinot fruit. On the palate it is very concentrated with an ultra long, pure, driven 1996 finish. This is a great deal for those of you who love the big personality of a blanc de noir and the great persistence of the 1996 vintage. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Patty Torrel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2009 | Send Email
This beautiful, complex Champagne from the great ’96 vintage is not to be missed. On the nose are aromas of warm biscuit, toast, aged Gouda, toffee, subtle minerality, and oyster shell. The palate starts with hazelnut and fresh baked bread, leads to soft ripe citrus, fresh apples, baked apple skins, light butterscotch…finally coming full circle with a toasty, long finish. Quite a journey for your tastebuds!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2008 | Send Email
This champagne is going to be my go-to bottle for the holidays; both for myself and for customer recommendations. I am always self-conscious about the customer getting something really special when they shell out some money for a nice champagne and the richness and the depth on display from Desbordes Amiaud is so amazing that anyone would have to pause, take a moment, and really savor what they were tasting. A 100% guaranteed great wine. No doubt about it.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.