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.
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(Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color with tiny bubbles; light, yeasty, delicate, apple nose; tasty, poised, tart apple, tart pear palate; delicious now but will benefit from aging as well; medium-plus finish (55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay)
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