Ployez Jacquemart Cuvee Liesse d’Harbonville 1996

When the cork is popped on a bottle of Champagne in my household, I usually have a glass or two and then move on. Not so yesterday; I stayed in there, elbows at the ready, and made sure I got my fill. Off the top of my head. A light bronze in colour, with an energetic fine bead. A pure nose, citrus and yeast, a bit doughy, minerally and a soft whiff of smoke. The palate is dry, with limes and lemons, minerals, nuts and yeast, and terrific length. There is a marked acidity, but the fruit concentration and poise are delightful. Still very youtthful, and needs another 5+ years I reckon. Sealed under cork. 12% abv. Retails around the $200 mark. 93+ points.

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