Classical Champagne, this is predominantly pinot noir from old vines in Cumières, creating a wine that focuses its flavors high in the mouth. It feels sleek and lively and lasts for minutes. The floral scents of strawberry and brisk taste of toasted lees provide a transparent flavor that magnifies the minerality of the wine. The perfect form makes it lovely to drink on its own, or with slices of sashimi.
Still incredibly youthful and primary, the 1999 Cristal Rosé offers plenty of power, but it is clearly much less refined than the other wines in this tasting, tough company, it must be admitted. Still, the 1999 looks like it will drink well for many years even if it is a bit compact and rough around the edges next to the other wines in the range. With time in the glass, hints of game, smoke and wild flowers with distinctly Pinot-leaning inflections add character. (AG)
Rich and creamy, with dried berry and dried citrus notes. Well-integrated, with a lively structure, creating an attractive presentation overall. (BS)
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