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(Roederer Cristal) I have long adored both the 1996 Cristal and Cristal Rose, always finding the Cristal more delicious, yet the Rose more serious. Tonight was no different. I have always loved the kink and butter of the 1996 Cristal; this is the vintage that makes me say no wonder it is popular in nightclubs, as this is the type of girl I would want to meet in one. It just oozed sex appeal, and its reductive caramel and honey flavors had me ready for seconds. Richard reveled in the Rose’s ‘white chocolate and strawberry with whipped cream flavors.’ The acid was clearly superior, and its finish was longer than going to the Opera.
(Roederer Cristal) We kept it simple and had a fascinating head-to-head of 1996 Cristal versus 1996 Cristal Rose, certainly a step up from the White Star and Sauvignon Blanc I had been consuming by the glass the evening prior. The 1996 Cristal was, frankly, spectacular, razor sharp and teeming with acidity as a great 1996 should be, but it was also meaty and chewy with its white meat and golden fruit flavors. Aromas and flavors of straw, sunshine, light toast, citrus and buttered corn graced this regal Champagne. It was so fresh, so clean, so crisp, so racy and just so damn good. It gives the 1996 Salon a run for its money as Champagne of the vintage. It is easily a 50 to 75 year Champagne