Surprisingly advanced straw gold colour. Very lively initial mousse but in a wine glass it dissipates almost immediately into masses of centrally focused streams of minuscule bubbles. Nose is BLAM!...a huge hit of Epsom Salts, ozone spray and fresh-splintered oyster shells then it tones down to toasty brown bread but still with mainly high piano notes....already quite complex although still very young and unevolved. Palate is pinprickly effervescent on the tongue and across the mouth, quite distinctively oaked, smoky, some toffee popcorn and with very distinct gunflint on the finish....marvelous! There is a resonant headiness on the finale and considerable reverberance. Gosh.... this is really lovely and I would say it is much more masculine than I normally associate with Cristal. This bottle was gifted to me and I would normally divert to the 2002 but this has made me think again and I should buy some.
Effervescent crystal yellow. Strong nose of brioche, poached pear, and nutmeg. Powerhouse palate: apple zest, baking yeast, concentrated extraction, decadent wealth. Excellent vintage. I would rather drink one of these than a year of cheap champagne!
While I often think Cristal is over hyped, there are times you experience the Champagne in such a way that you question that statement. Last night was one. The Cristal was exceptional with full mouth feel, creaminess with brioche, lemon curd and citrus flavors. The key was the balance in this champagne between acidity and minerality. The wines was silky and elegant with a lingering finish.
Upon the first pour, there were huge yeasty aromas that covered the lemon, citrus and floral aromas that appeared after some time. The palate was quite big, fresh and full with good acidity but at the same time pretty elegant and seamless. Has the potential for further ageing.
Ah yeah I love this wine. A little toast on the nose with white flowers and a hint of citrus. The palate is rather full for a champagne with great mouth filling tiny bubbles and flavors all over the citrus and yellow orchard map. So clean on the finish. Love it.
Bright yellow. Yeasty nose, very primary and acidic with lots of lemon, Chinese pears, green apples. This was really young and slightly sharp for a Cristal, it really needs time. On the palate, there are lots of minerals, crushed rocks, stone and acidic fruit. Touch of roughness and bitterness right at the back palate. This should be much better with extended cellar time.
This is now hitting is stride and feels inside its drinking window. Rich, yeasty and toasty., very giving at this full, good ripe fruit across and very vibrant. Felt older than a 2004 but we are getting the feeling that 2004 champagnes are in general a lot more fwd (Dom 04 maybe the exception) and so is this Cristal. Post the fanfare and the clubbing scene this is a superb wine. 93-95
näsan: rökig, kex, väldigt sluten till en början, kaffe och rostade fat kommer efter en stund i glaset, även bränt gummi och röda vingummi. Gröna äpplen och en aning mint. Vinet är på tok för ungt och behöver nog mycket tid för att öppna upp på riktigt och ge ifrån sig det man förväntar sig 94-96+ kommer troligen bli mycket bättre med tiden.
Pale yellow color Deg.? On the nose, gum, yeast, hint of smoke, mushroom forest, green apples On the palate, Green apples, bread, biscuit, stone mineral, gum, nuts and mint. Very present acid. Will be a stunner within 5-10 years. Very complex Long finish 94+
Complex and nuanced nose displaying lovely white flowers, white stonefruits, tropical fruit mix, rubber, smoke, toasted bread, yeast and some pepper. Intriguing mix of scents. On the palate this lovely Cristal have a firm mousse, high and fresh piercing acidity, sweet green apples, creamy fat stonefruits, bread, butter, fat chalky minerals, some sweetness mixed with a touch of bitterness on the long and complex finish. Very, very good Champagne. Has developed allot since last bottle I had, not to mention the first one, about 2 years ago. Still young, lovely right now, and with a very bright future ahead. Worldclass stuff!
Champagne: Deg. fine/2012. Crema di limone, ostriche, prato falciato, roccia bianca, muschio fresco, buccia di agrume, affilato, raffinato, pulito. perfettamente coerente con il naso con il finale di una bell'ostrica. Da assaggiare tra qualche anno, lunghezza e volume encomiabile
Dinner at Megumi (Megumi, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore): This was a remarkably good. Good enough to put a great bottle of 1999 Pol Roger Winston Churchill in its shadow. It was actually surprisingly developed and open for such a young Cristal. It had beautiful nose, with lovely shades of cream and butter and coconut milk, white flowers, some yeasty aromas, then a touch of clove and nutmeg spice drifting around a rich core of white fruited scents. An amazing nose. Young Cristals can sometimes be all air and elegance and little else, but the palate on this one already had so much going on. It certainly had typical Cristal elegance, but it was surprisingly rich and generous; rich enough in fact for it match the impressively powerful and weighty Winston Churchill stride for stride. Here though, the depth was wed to a sweeping grace - while there was a pleasantly plump voluptuousness and lovely natural sweetness to the wine's flavours of ripe red apples and hints of strawberry fruit, it was all beautifully controlled and structured, with a lemony grip and a solid underlying minerality combining with a super-fine mousse to give the palate a real sense of finesse and style in spite of its generously yummy flavours. Think of a Herve Leger dress wrapped tightly around a beautiful hour-glass figure, with not an inch of extra flab anywhere. This was a sexy, stylish Champagne. A long and grippy, yet very elegant finish then glided away on a bed gentle minerality. What a great wine. Already complex and generous, but this has the bones to age for a long, long time to come. Bravo.
Excellente qualité pour ce Champagne, une petite partie est faite avec l'ancienne méthode champenoise. Cela lui apporte juste un peu de rondeur en bouche avec une attaque très fraiche. Un très bon Champagne.
Light straw colored. Surprisingly open with powerful aromatics of lemon curd, yeast and verbena. Palate is creamy and super smooth. Great balance and minerality. Thought this would be way too young, but it is drinking really nicely in a good spot of early maturity.
Frisk sötcitrusdominerad doft. En antydan till smörighet och lite honung. Tillgänglig i smaken med fortsatt frisk och ren smak. Vinet är balanserat och är mycket linjärt. Drack 2004 första gången år 2009 och vinet har blivit bättre hela tiden. Väljer ni mellan 2004 och 2002 för att dricka nu så är det förstnämnda att rekommendera och 2002 för källaren. Inte en stor årgång för Cristal men fortsatt ett bra vin.
Very solid young champagne. Ginger and white flowers on the nose accompanied by the yeast nature of good champagne, mineral and red/yellow apple fruit. Good citrus acidity. quite a very long finish, love the tiny bubbles that just burst on your tongue mid palate and leave such a pleasant taste in your mouth. Served with various soft chess, dried apricots and crackers.
Man I love this champagne. From the nose of yeast that yields to apricot pit to the palate full of citrus and very bright wild raspberries. Fine beaded and a mouth filling mousse. A finish that lasts longer than most champagnes I've had. To me, absolutely worth the money. Amazing.
Made a mistake an brought this one to Charleston. Was supposed to be a 1999 vintage. Still very, very good, but I did wonder why it had less nuances than the previous '99s. I guess thats why I suck at CT and need to inventory more often. Drinking another of the 2004 tonight. Looking forward to it. Letting bottle breathe on ice for 3-4 hours. Definitely a great younger Cristal.
This wine is one that invites profanity. It is hard, if you haven't tasted it, to resist uttering a string of four-letter words, most of which are due to amazement and the certain sense that much of the Champagne you will drink afterwards (including subsequent bottles of Cristal...) will not measure up. This was my second taste of Cristal, but my first bottle. Had it with a first-timer friend and so was reminded of that breathtaking experience. Have to say this was equally breathtaking. Brioche dough just rises from the bottle and glass, the taste is peach/apricot at first. Notes of fraises de bois come into the aroma and palate as it opens. Fabulous combination of precise bead and frothy mousse. And the finish. Oh, the finish. I'd forgotten that unbelievable persistence. Not cheap but honestly, it's one of the few wines that is worth the freight at this price. A splurge? Absolutely. Worth it? Yes.
Along some other great champagne and right next to the Bollinger GA 2004 and the La Parcelle L'Inflorosence Blanc de Noirs 2004. This one was the simplest of the three. Quite a bit of acidity, Granny Smith apple, a bit of breadcrust and citrus. But all in all a bit simple and short. Wait a few years.
this bottle was singing tonight. gorgeous color of light yellow and crystal clear. nose exploded from the glass with lovely yeast and yellow/green fruits. nice pear in here. the bubbles were beautifully consistent and never quit. the palate is explosive yet all encompassing. precision. first the mineral and acid but before that dominates the yeast and fruit come in for wonderful balance and complexity. just layers the palate. the finish is seamless and stretches a good long time. simply wonderful tonight.
On my sweetspot today. Restrained nose with some citrus but the palate popped with all kinds of nuts, here and there walnut was salient. Nice citrus tones, apricot pit, even a vanilla hint. Delicious with seabass. I really liked this.
Very pale colour. Dry, frothy, with an aggressive but very appealing palate of citrus, lime, and green apple. Despite the powerful citrus fruitiness, acidity is well controlled. Some lightly roasted nuts on the long after-palate. A cool personality with a - pardon me - crystal heart.
I`ve had quite a few of this youngster, all stellar; yes, it`s young and has years/ decades to evolve, but what it is revealing now is worth the experience for me; majorly complex, there`s a mouthful of pleasure to behold with a long finish; the WOW factor is prevalent here.
A year and half since we last tried this and still it felt on the young side although not as young and sharp as a Dom Perignon would be. Fine and elegant on the nose with spices addign a nice layer of complexity. On the palate it is still young and although the sweetness that is inherent in this champagne helps to add a fwd element to it it is still u feel the youth. Very enjoyable still and a wonderfull champagne with lots of fine future ahead!
For me on this night this stole the show, which is a little shocking for me as I tend to not like Cristal this young. Very elegant on the nose. Gorgeous lemon citrus, apple core along with mineral chalkiness (Chablis-like). Creamy, frothy attack with very similar favors as on the nose. Great length and acidity. Medium plus finish. So young but so good. Will only get better from here.
This is already approachable and delicious. Delicate as usual but fragrant of spring flowers, not too sweet, not too acidic, good concentration and mouth feel. It seems it will fully blossom in just a few more years.
Bit pale in color? Serious toast, apple, citrus. Ripping acidity. Good, not great length." Big" for champagne. Frothy, but still etheral. May have got to this one too early. The 1999 was better 6-7 years ago, but I'd expect the 2004 to seriously improve. 92+.
Straw yellow with light golden reflections. Medium intensity delicate nose, very mineral, silex, chalk, somewhat floral and a bit of peaches. Medium attack, excellent acidity, creamy, medium body, long evolution, wide and complex. Long aftertaste of medium intensity.
2012 - 3rd with K-M-T-R (Au Jardin @ Botanic Garden): Alcohol :: 12% Opened for 6hrs. Despite for the slow-ox, this is still tight and shy, only showing discreet aromas of citrus, yeast and underlying sweet mineral. The palate does show better though. Medium bodied with lovely mousse expand and gently coated the tongue and bring out the complex layer of flavors that has excellent delineation and finesse. The fruits are bright, fresh with good acidic backbone to support. Long finished. This is showing ok but not so much on depth or class. My friend who is a suc*er for old cristal told me that Cristal is a champagne that need long time in the bottle in order to show its real potential. I will wait for the opportunity to come! 90-92
An absolutely delicious and thoroughly enjoyable Cristal. Elegant, clean, precise, and beautifully balanced. Nice interplay between yeasty brioche notes and citrusy elements, lemon plus green apple, supported by a persistent mousse. Very nice indeed and a treat to enjoy.
Ripe lemon nose with yellow fruit, butter, gingerbread, toffee, sweat, charcoal, florality and herbs. Dry, medium bodied and sweetishly fruity palate with quick mid-sized moussé. Crystallized lemon, rich yellow fruit, toasty autolysis and mid-length aftertaste. Quite open but a bit all over the palace [sic!].
We opened up this wine earlier than advised for a dinner party with friends. It was delicious. Toasty, balanced, direct; bubbles in the mid-range. Paired well with charcuterie, creme fraiche, smoked salmon and briny olives - the fat and salt were nicely balanced by the wine. Have another bottle that we'll put up a bit longer.
DRC 2009 tasting (Operakällaren, Stockholm): Bready and toasted nose, elegantly perfumed, citrus, red apple, discrete notes of red Burgundy. On the palate red apple, citrus, high acidity, intense, slightly spicy, finishes with grapefruit. Elegant, young. 93+
Very refreshing bouquet with good citrus and also a touch of pleasant barnyard and dairy impressions. The latter must be the youth of this Champagne. On the palate also that touch of barnyard together with beautiful minerality and a lot of tart citrus. A beautiful Champagne which will need some more ageing to remove some of the sharp edges. Nevertheless I love this wine a lot already.
Dreamtasting #4 (Restaurant de Watermolen, Kasterlee): Served next to Bollinger's RD 1996, this seems fierce, sharp, even aggressive. Coarse, vibrant mousse. Bright and young nose, lemon, apples, grapy and smoky, too. Sharp, citrusy acidity in the mouth, hardly any complexity. Quite slender, hint of sweetness. When the wine warms up a little, it gets deeper, more friendly and tropical in its fruit palate. Mousse softens, too. Try again in 3 years. Rating merged from 16.5 to 17/20.
Champagnedagen 2012 (Grand Hotel, Stockholm): Nose: obvious smokey notes, discrete fruit notes of red apple, some peach. Palate: very mineral, grapefruit, red apple, high acidity, very elegant, long aftertaste. The aftertaste and length adds to the score. Young. 93-94+ p.
- Light gold color with small pearls and aromas of peach, apple and baker's yeast. It's balanced and has flavours of apple with a medium/full body. Satin-Like texture with a long finish - Tastes of brioche and baked bread on the palate. Soft and delicate mouthfeel.
Mauvaises conditions de dégustation (flûte étroite). La bulle est très fine, au nez je ne ressens pas grand chose avec ce verre si ce n'est une certaine fraîcheur. En bouche le vin est gras et fin (belle vivacité en finale), la bulle est magnifique en comparaison avec les vins précédents. Elle accompagne vraiment le vin. Très long en bouche. 17/20. Mais bon... à plus de 150 euros je passe mon chemin. Même à plus de 50 en fait.
Drank the 04 and 99 Cristal side by side. The 99 really won out, and had personality and a pleasing style. With the 04 its hard to tell if it was youth that is holding it back or something else. Time will tell.
Very pale yellow with lovely tight small beads; nose of sweet honey buns and citrus; more citrus on the palate, like orange peel or lemon zest; bright and crisp and silky smooth, but with lots of energy; turns to brioche, then a chalky finish; this goes on forever. Spectacular effort that is drinking wonderfully now. Couldn't keep our hands off it, so no idea what it will be like with age.
smooth, pure, floral, light, airy, beautiful!! Lots of light fruit, strawberry, backbone acidity that is perfectly in balance. Phenomenal champagne! Everything a champagne should be. Pure pleasure and hedonism in a bottle. Extremely enjoyable. Will be amazingly nuanced in 5 more years.
I'm a big fan of the NV Roederer but this was my first Cristal. I was underwhelmed. Much more lean, acid, chalky than the Roederer I'm used to, seemingly much more chard. Very lemony, granny apple but so primary - this is just a ball of acid and isn't showing complexity yet. An empty glass showed more complexity 30 min later, so I expect this would be better with cellar time, but for drink-now this performs worse than a nice grower NV blend.
honey and brioche, slight hints of citrus and herbs otn. palate is subtle, expansive, tons of acidity and minerality. really fine, creamy fizz. incredibly long finish. for this vintage, the hype is real.
Nose - sweet, golden apples; mango & apple juice; roasted hazelnuts; just a hint of insect repellent, which is refreshing rather than offputting. Palate - sublime. Golden syrup with raspberries and a hint of green apples to provide acidity. Wildly grown-up. Fulfilling mouth-feel - full but not overwhelming in any way. This champagne melts on your tongue. 94+ pts.
Red apples, toasted nuts, very young, rocks and sea shells on the nose. Big acidity, beautiful fresh palate with exceptional balance and very very long finish. Outstanding Champagne, but needs years to reach it's potential. Completely overpriced wine
Look: Watery lemon color in glass. Nose: Broiled orange, nutmeg; toasted nuts. Body: 1% milk. Taste: Very foamy, slight pear and apricot. Nice mandarin oranges. Finish: Smooth finish; very integrated. Summary: Great toasty, citrus smooth with LONG finish 1 min 50 secs! 95 pts.
Citrus and yeast aromas in evidence on the nose. Extremely fine mousse. Initially very forward on the palate, vibrant lemon sherbet somewhat masking the secondary flavours. Opened up a bit more after an hour or two revealing crisp red apple notes and a bit more weight. This stage in its life is obviously still favouring the fruit quite heavily, but delicious and vibrant nonetheless.
BYO (My House): Very young yeasty nose with harsh fresh green apples. Seems very closed down and has some gun powder and black pepper. Hard and reluctant on the palate with immature green apples. Huge intensity and just a very that I think will turn out really well!
This was the wine of the night. Crisp and precise, hints of lemon and apple, faint yeast in the background. Lazer-like in the midpallet complimented by lively bubbles. This is one of the bottles that opens my eyes to champagne enjoyment. Great way to bring in the new year.
Did not take formal notes, but drank along with a NV Billecart Rose, NV Moutard, NV Veuve Cliquot, NV De Margerie Cuvee Speciale and a '00 Billecart Cuvee Francois and the Cristal was head and shoulders above the others. I do remember intense bubbles, but after they calmed down, creamy vanilla lemon and great balance and precision.
12% alc. 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. A finely cut nose of blossoming orchards, candied fruit and sweet citrus notes. Lifted and beautifully scented. The enchanting floral aspect continues on the palate, but the main attraction lies with easy flowing refined flavours of ripe fruits, especially nectarines, apricots and some exotic fruit, fresh fruity acidity and a hint of minerality. Silky and lingering. A classy wine. Tasted at home