The year was full of contrasts and the summer changeable,
with the wetter periods never quite making up for the
earlier hydric deficit. Eventually, in the month before grapepicking
(16 September), it was as much the spells of hot
weather as the influence of north-easterly winds that led to
the original maturity of the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 97
"The 1996 Dom Perignon OEenotheque offers up layers of pastry, lemon, smoke and toastiness. At first deceptively understated, the wine turns positively explosive and layered on the palate, showing remarkable tension, elegance and power, all wrapped around a seriously intense frame. The balance between fruit and acidity is awesome. This is a marvelous DP OEeno. The OEeno is the same juice as the regular Dom Perignon, except the OEeno is aged on the cork while the regular DP is aged in crown-sealed bottles. Once disgorged, the OEenos get a slightly lower dosage than is typical for the original release DP. This bottle was disgorged in 2008. To be released fall 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026."
Wine Spectator (WS): 96