The complexity blows past the 95. It is still young but deliriously good.
First of all....if you were anything less than blown away by the 1995, you had an "off" or improperly stored bottle. My note for that:http://forums.winespectator.co...=799102535#799102535
At the Salon Tasting
I went to last week, Jean Baptiste Cristini of Salon was raving about how good the '95 is showing right now.
I can see how many are enamored with the 1996. It's a Parkerized Salon. Full, rich, massive. There isn't anything bad about it...for me...it's just more of a Pam Anderson than a Kate Hudson. And, when I think of Salon, I think more Kate Hudson, Holmes, or Winslet!
Sidenote....We had dinner at Jardinere in S.F. about a month ago. I ordered a bottle of Pierre Moncuit NV Mesnil off the list. The sommelier (very knowlegable, friendly, and loves to talk shop) talked about his trip to Champagne not too long ago. He said the goal of the trip was to get a Magnum of his "favorite vintage" of Salon because they are so hard to find in the US. We talked about some of the recent vintages, including the '96, and at the end of the conversation I asked..."So, what vintage did you want the magnum of?". He said...."THE 1995!" That would be my choice as well.