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| ||Tasted by LWI on 4/19/2015 & rated 94 points: Some Champagnes: Even thought this is still mainly lemonade, it is beginning to reveal its greatness. Minerals, very structured for 2000. (609 views)|
| ||Tasted by RayOB on 2/28/2015 & rated 95 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): My favourite Cristal of the vertical. Nose of brioche, apples, flowers and some butter. Lovely smooth palate. (843 views)|
| ||Tasted by PC73 on 2/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Brioche and toasty on the nose. Touch of toasted rice. |
Crisp and clean on the palate. Some fruit. Perhaps apple. Nutty.
Good acidity on the palate. Suggests will age for a long while yet.
Still good bubbles. (972 views)
| ||Tasted by Miss Highwater on 1/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark colour but still a lively mousse. Toasty nutty and complex. Preferred this to the older 1996 we drank at Xmas as it was a better balance between freshness and complexity. (1297 views)|
| ||Tasted by alabunka on 11/6/2014 & rated 94 points: elegant and restrained - well worth the wait and a perfect birthday celebration wine; soft on the mousse with excellent balance all around and a sophisticated depth in taste and flavor (2019 views)|
| ||Tasted by BradE on 10/28/2014: From 750ml this weekend. I've not had 00 before, and it was fine, but far from an impressive Cristal. Spend your money on other vintages. (1977 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lilja on 8/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Fathers 60th Birthday; 8/31/2014-9/1/2014: Interesting nose with the expected yeasty, bread aromas as well as some oak and minerals. Given a few more minutes and sniffs there is something else reminding me of steak tartare and lots of herbs. High tart acidity, good intensity and great length. Immaculate champagne! (2544 views)|
| ||Tasted by Papies on 6/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Had quite a bit of colour, but glossy and lively colour. The nose promised a rich mature champagne and the palate delivered it. Good ripe rich character, toasty wine, yeasty. Vibrant and full of life albeit it has lost the sharpness of youth. A pretty solid performance and much like other 2000 champagnes we have tried, drinks beautifully now. 94 (2859 views)|
| ||Tasted by Javachip on 11/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Clear light straw yellow with scant fine bead, ceasing within a few minutes. Bouquet of fresh baguette, lemon, apples, with hints of mushrooms, almonds and chalk. Similar on the palate. Excellent wine but not memorable and certainly not worth the price. (4397 views)|
| ||Tasted by vanpe003 on 9/30/2013: My last bottle of this, which is just foolish. Should've kept a few of these in the cellar for 2020 or thereabouts. Very primary. Fairly full flavor profile with a good dose of supporting acidity. Very little sweetness. Almost a touch sour at this point in its life. Seems nicely balanced for the long term, but not particularly noteworthy for current consumption. (4268 views)|
| ||Tasted by WillersC on 9/8/2013 & rated 94 points: Definitely one for the long haul. Great depth and concentration but still very primary. Plenty of upside potential for another 10/20 years (4354 views)|
| ||Tasted by GABordeauxGuy on 8/8/2013 & rated 90 points: Opened this last night to kick off our family trip to NYC for my wife's Birthday Weekend. First bottle of Cristal that I have had as it was a gift from our local wine shop for our wedding two years ago. It was a good champagne, although I wouldn't say it is worth the price of admission. It had very strong hints of vanilla and cream and a nice even finish. (4246 views)|
| ||Tasted by JJN on 3/24/2013 & rated 98 points: OUTSTANDING (4834 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bricks on 1/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Friend brought over. Fairly solid although I thought it could have had a bit more life to it. Would have been disappointed if I had paid full price (4099 views)|
| ||Tasted by BTBrown on 12/7/2012 & rated 92 points: Good now and you just know this is a winner for the long haul; complex, depth, full bodied, rich and vibrant; interestingly, not drinking as well as the 02` and 04` which I find even more enjoyable now in their youth. (2782 views)|
| ||Tasted by bmagic on 12/4/2012 & rated 93 points: Nose - warm wood, toast and spice, golden syrup. Polished and mature. |
Palate - fruity and refreshing, with apple, lemon, vanilla and cream. Wonderful mouthfeel: very fine bubbles, and lots of them. Well balanced sweet and dry. A real pleasure to drink. My WOTN. 93 pts. (3876 views)
| ||Tasted by Periko on 11/15/2012 & rated 92 points: Roederer tasting (Celler Gelida, Barcelona): PnP. Last flight, after the 02. Intense dark golden color. Very intense bouquet with smoky aromas, apple tart, citrus... a mature feeling nose, very appealing, a joy. On palate it's medium to full bodied, mature, apple tart, citrus and has a bitter finish, which is of medium length. I had less notes in this one as I rather drink it and enjoy it. I liked it more than the 2002 due to the 2000 having a more mature and evolved profile but certainly the former is a better wine. Still, this was excellent (91-93) (4153 views)|
| ||Tasted by avp on 11/1/2012: Somewhat open on the nose with lemon cream, vanilla, fudge, marzipan and some nutty toast.|
Quite lightbodied and smooth with balanced acidity and round sweetish fruit. Bread and chestnuts in the very long aftertaste.
Rather nice stuff starting to drink ok - though should improve for at least ten years. (3571 views)
| ||Tasted by Racer117 on 6/29/2012 & rated 93 points: Patience, patience, patience! This bottle was partitioned out and quickly enjoyed. But, the last sip 30+ minutes later saw this really opening up. Shy nose, very savory body (mineral/salinity), prominent meyer lemon flavors. (4675 views)|
| ||Tasted by Javachip on 6/29/2012 & rated 95 points: San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 6/29/2012 (The University Club, San Diego): Clear straw - light yellow color. Vigorous mousse upon pouring, settling quickly to an ultrafine bead. Alluring bouquet of quince, ginger, marzipan, lemon, brioche. Similar on the palate, subtle, complex, and worthy of a tsar. My #1 tonight. (5451 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bull Dog 21 on 5/17/2012 & rated 95 points: WOW... Everything was great! Great nose, flowers and a touch of honey. Very crisp at the start but smothed out nice with a long finish. IMO it was ready to drink or could last 3-5 more yrs... (4654 views)|
| ||Tasted by dbkitc on 4/9/2012 & rated 91 points: Everything is correct. No flaws but kind of bland. Refreshing and very drinkable. Has weight but lacks breed. (91) (4831 views)|
| ||Tasted by DAN BAILEY on 11/30/2011: Initially, aggressive mousse and acidity as would be expected. However, this opened surprisingly quickly to reveal notes of acacia honey and sugared lemons. Quite impressive by the end of the evening. (6294 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ludi on 10/17/2011 & rated 92 points: Intense golden color. Nose reminds of fresh herbs, croissant, citrus zest, with tasted and mineral undertones. Mouth is fresh and very intense, dosage would be adequate for a sec. Long finish. (6322 views)|
| ||Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 9/8/2011 & rated 90 points: Mas matured well, seems to lack the usual gingerbread character, pleasant and well-balanced, rather low energy and acidity, decent length. From this bottle not a great Cristal (bought upon release, perfect storage since). (5619 views)|
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Champagne BlendThe typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.
There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.
However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.
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