Mi sono approcciato in modo freddo aspettando il peggio (complice anche l'annata) invece ne sono rimasto piacevolmente sorpreso. Bel colore oro antico scarico, bollicina fitta e finissima. Naso classico di nocciola tostata, crosta di pane, mela gialla e qualcosa di speziato. Nel mezzo c'e' anche dell'agrume che spezza la monotonia con un tocco di freschezza. Bocca cremosa, vellutata, di buona struttura, con una delle bollicine piu' delicate e raffinate che ricordi. Chiude molto fresco con grande acidita' che fa venir voglia di berne un'altro sorso. Ne ho bevuti pochi di Cristal, ma alla fin fine mi e' sempre piaciuto anche se preferisco altro.
This was the second bottle of 1997 Cristal that I have had (the first was several years ago) and it was a very mixed experience. Possibly because the wine appeared to be a bit past its peak, which could have been due to poor storage several years ago. However, the Cristal did still have some life left and showed a mature nutty citrus flavor with some bread, butter, honey, caramel, and spices. The minerality was lacking compared to the previous bottle. Overall 1997 was not a great year for champagne in general and the only bottle from that year that I have truly enjoyed was from Salon. Anyone looking for a Cristal that is more representative of what this cuvee can offer would be better served to go with the 2004.
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