Cristal - incisive, seductive and delicious - has a “slender”, almost “living” freshness. Highly contemporary in its harmony and immediate seductiveness, it nevertheless remains first and foremost a great classic of northern Champagne, combining freshness, energy and an almost chalky mineral quality. The Cristal hallmarks are evident: purity, precision and the unique harmony of flavours associated with the subtle power of our historic vines, located on the finest Champagne Grand Cru terroirs.
- FRA - Champagne
96 points James Suckling (7/2014)
From the family collection, disgorged ten years after harvest, slightly lower than original dosage. A wet harvest that meant chardonnay was the hero, pinot noir struggled to get to ripeness. Shows a savoury note to the nose, some intense flint and deep chalkiness, minerally, dried lemon pith and grapefruit. The palate has great acidity, really focused and tight, citrus flavours dominate here, really crisp, chalky and lemony right the way through. Super tight and focused.
Winery Tasting Notes
Lustrous pale gold appearance.
Very expressive nose, with an intensely floral bouquet fragrant with scents of almonds, hazelnuts and white flowers.
A generous, rounded, creamy attack followed by a touch of acidity to mark a finish of elegant persistence. Light, fresh, undoubtedly a wine of admirable magnitude with time. A wine in keeping with the Cristal tradition, bearing all the hallmarks of a timeless pedigree.
Cuvée Cristal is the ideal accompaniment to foods of great delicacy, particularly caviar, fish and sea-food such as John Dory, prepared oysters, scallops, lobster and crayfish.