White - Sparkling

1996 R. & L. Legras Champagne Grand Cru Saint-Vincent

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 138

  • Elvis1969 Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 8, 2019 - The nose is amazing and the acidic finish is great too. Something is missing in the middle range but this is a great champagne.

  • RolfT Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 13, 2019 - Last tasted in 2014 from a gold label bottle, I was sure this would keep for many years. But since then I have been seeing many worrisome notes here and it got me concerned.

    However, I have been stubborn and trusted my own evaluation of the wine and not touched a single bottle since. But a few weeks ago I got hold of a few green labeled bottles (which have an earlier disgorgement date than the golden ones) and decided to open a bottle to get a feel for where this wine is going.

    Good news, this wine is still far from peaking! Has a completely clean and precise nose showing only slight secondary evolution. Palate is just as fresh and has a lovely mouthfeel, but unfortunately lacking in concentration and a bit short in finish. Makes me question the high scores given for example by Richard Juhlin and also question the longevity of the wine.

    So my verdict, for this green labeled bottle is to drink now or save, if you have well stored bottles and enjoy more a mature champagne. I will let my gold labeled bottles stay in the cellar for at least another 4-5 years.

  • ANOXA wrote:

    August 17, 2019 - Drank on our 23rd anniversary!!

  • B&PBaker Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 11, 2019 - Great big and beautiful. Just the right notes of citrus, minerals, and fizz. Wonderful mouthfeel.

  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 6, 2019 - Achim's Magnum Tasting 2017 (Berens am Kai 1 star Restaurant): Würdiger Abschluß eines denkwürdigen Nachmittags. Schon aus der Eintel beeindruckend zeigt er aus der Magnum noch mehr sein Potential. Dezente Haselnußaromatik, aber dominierend ist die Zitrusfrische. Dazu etwas Aprikose und Grapefruit. Beginnt jetzt langsam seinen Höhepunkt zu erreichen für die, die es knackig mögen. Liebhaber reifen Champagners können noch locker 20 Jahre warten. 95+

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Champagne Warrior

  • By Brad Baker
    November 2013, Issue #17, Champagne Tasting Notes

    (R & L Legras Cuvée Saint-Vincent) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013

    (R. L. Legras “Cuvée St. Vincent” Brut Millésime) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    4/30/2011 (link)

    (Legras, St-Vincent Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2004, IWC Issue #117 (link)

    (R & L Legras Cuvee Saint Vincent Blanc de Blancs) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    The Vayniac Cabernet has Finally Arrived, Episode #790, 12/21/2009 (link) (95-96) points

    (RL Legras St. Vincent) COLOR-great medium golden; NOSE-a little nuttiness; some baked bread; a little apple as well; cereal-like; kind of creamy; just beautiful on the nose; PALATE-great mouthfeel; great vintage; a tequila component; great acidity; great baked apple; has a wonderful grip on the palate; the creaminess and elegance are just spectacular; this really brings the thunder; a ton of different flavors; a steeliness on the back-end; this has GORGEOUS apples; a great focus w/ the bread/danish action; it's just well made; it's crisp and clean; oyster shell; a marzipan candy on the back-end; this is SPECTACULAR; this has real guts; ST-92; GV-95/96

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer R. & L. Legras
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Saint-Vincent
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne Grand Cru
  • UPC Codes 3504040720135, 3504040720142, 400009994582

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (0%)
  • In Cellars 733 (45%)
  • Consumed 875 (54%)

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Aperitif, bleek roe, butter-fried scallops, Fiskesuppe, Kylling, Laks/ørret, Lys Fugl, Pasta, Skalldyr, Smörstekt toast med ankleverterrine och torkade fikon.Hummerrisotto med hummerte.

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