Schramsberg, J Schram, Champagne Blend, North Coast, 1996
| ABV 13%
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The pinnacle of Schramsberg’s range. J. Schram epitomizes their philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. This Chardonnay-focused blend is a careful assemblage of the very best base wine lots produced each year. Complexity is gained through a high proportion of barrel-fermentation and the wine is then aged for more than seven years on lees in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage. Now stunning in its maturity, the 1996 J. Schram opens with bright aromas of baked apple, lemon, and pineapple, followed by nuances of honey, toffee, and cinnamon toast. On first sip, caramel and caramelized pear flavours are present, accentuated by layers of persimmon and baked pineapple. The palate’s texture is rich and coating, but the long finish is refreshing, driven by bright acidity.