(1996 Vintage) The jewel of the House, the vintage Cristal, the most beautiful expression of Champagne, was created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II. It remains faithful to the inspiration of origin, namely embodying elegance and purity. A gleaming pale gold color, with a fine foam and an elegant cord of bubbles. It has an eloquent, intense, delicate nose, with almond flavors, and constant fresh white flowers. It has a full, consistent attack, with remarkable balance, near gossamer-like smoothness, and an ext...
(1996 Vintage) Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet f...
(1996 Vintage) 55% Pinot Noir; 45% Chardonnay. Checking in with the highest price of any in our august lot, this latest version of Cristal is as rich as any, and its effusive, broadly rendered aromas of fresh bread,...
(1996 Vintage) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 95 points
(1996 Vintage) Mousse: Lively and creamy bubbles forming a persistent, efervescent ring of precious tiny beads.Appearance: Satiny sheen, reflecting the warmth of old Roman tiles aged in the sun.Nose: Intense, generous bouquet with predominant aromas of figs, raspberries and wild strawberries.Palate: The attack is inviting. An immense wine with great finesse. A succession of red fruit flavors lead to a lingering finish. It is soft and fresh, and distinguished by its silky elegance.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) 55% Pinot Noir; 45% Chardonnay. Its Pinot Noir portion notwithstanding, this wine has a crisp, chalky, lightly citrusy, lightly toasty aroma that is more than a little bit suggestive of an elegant Blanc de Blancs. And perhaps that is its secret. It is an incredibly refined yet deep wine whose suggestions of roasted soy and caramel are kept as complex nuances within a well-filled, refreshing, crisp set of flavors and a graceful, lengthy aftertaste. It occupies a comfortable middle ground between t...
Wine & Spirits(2002 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/08
Wine Advocate(1990 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 119 on Oct-98
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1999 Vintage) One does not have to be a rock star to enjoy Cristal, but it does help to have deep pockets. The wine is a beauty, and always has been, so its great success with us should come as no surprise. We love its rich, creme brulee, apple and cherry notes tied to toasted biscuits and hints of chalk and minerals. It has a wealth of tiny bubbles and is creamy and smooth across the palate. Its mix of richness and refinement makes it into one of the more sophisticated wines in the tasting.
Robert Parker(2004 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/2010