JancisRobinson.com – 18
Disgorged in 2018, dosage 8 g/l. 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 20% of the cuvée is fermented in oak. Eight years spent on the lees. Less complex than the magnum. But still lacy and tightly laced with real intensity. But a little looser-textured than the magnum.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Robert Parker – 98
Disgorged in September 2017 with 7.5 grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Cristal was produced from 37 of the 45 parcels that are candidates for inclusion in this cuveeâ€”some 40% of which were farmed organically back in 2008â€”and it’s a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The finest young Cristal in decades, the wine wafts from the glass with a pure and vibrant bouquet of crisp orchard fruit, clear honey, warm brioche, citrus zest and white flowers. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, intense and incisive, with superb concentration, racy acids and a long, searingly chalky finish. Pristinely balanced, there are some 500,000 bottles of this legend-in-the-making.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050