Learn more about 1996 Chablis
The second in a duo of great years for Chablis and a year that has produced astonishingly well-balanced and beautifully crafted wines. Cold weather at the end of May caused coulure and millerandage, which had the effect of reducing the crop but increasing the overall quality. Summer was hot and warm and the weather held out until the end of September.
The key to this vintage is that the acidity levels remained intact (largely due to the cooling northerly winds that blew throughout September, while the sugar levels continued to rise. Consequently the wines display good levels of concentrated ripe fruit and are incredibly racy and stylish. The best wines possess considerable ageing potential and will last for another 10-15 years.