• Cristal Brut Champagne 2008 - Gift Box 100 x 3

    Cristal Brut Champagne 2008 - Gift Box

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    100pts Jeb Dunnuck

    100pts, #5 Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2017 Wine Enthusiast

    100pts James Suckling

    98+pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    98pts Decanter

    "The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better." Jeb Dunnuck

    Not one, but two perfect scores of 100 points for this Cristal Brut Champagne 2008 vintage. It conjures images of celebration and memorable occasions.  Have you been waiting for a reason to make Chardonnay lobster with rhubarb or oysters with a Champagne zabaglione?  Here it is!  Because this showstopper of a Champagne is so spectacular with egg dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to caviar brunch, or just a big glistening bowl of caviar.  Fill your glasses and get your Ooh La La on winelovers! 

    Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades. Maturity: 2018 - 2038."Dec 2018

    Wine Enthusiast: Designated Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2017, #5 Rank. "This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Drink from 2020." Dec 2017

    James Suckling: "Disgorged October 2016 and will be the first Cristal to be released ten years from harvest when it is offered in 2018. 35 parcels used from a possible 45 in this vintage. The assemblage is 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot noir is a strong core and the chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra-precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025." Jan 2017

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The 2008 Cristal is a real head-turner. Powerful, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2008 takes hold of the sense and never lets up. There is a crystalline purity to the flavors that is simply remarkable. Although still a baby, the 2008 looks like it will soon take its place alongside the greatest Cristals. Today, it is breathtaking. Drink 2020-2058." Jul 2017

    Decanter:
    "Cristal 2008 is on a roll to yet higher levels of exquisite purity and precision of fruit in a paradoxical balance of weightlessness and depth of flavour, permeated with minerals and a salinity reflecting the greatest terroirs of the Roederer estate. Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon believes that 2008 is his best effort to date, and it's easy to see why. It's from a cooler, maritime vintage that came right in the end, with one of the longest harvests ever, running from mid-September to early October. The colour is a stylish pale gold flecked with green. Aromas of white flowers are joined by a cleansing citrus vigour and richer tones of peach and mirabelle. The palate is still quiet, but a tender creaminnes shows through, and there's so much concentration to come if you drink if after 2021. The greatness of the wine owes everything to the influence of organic and biodynamic precepts in the field - and Lecaillon's sleepless perfectionism in the cellar towards finer fruit and a careful brake on too much yeasty expression. The acidity is vibrant but better integrated in the 2008 than in the 1996. Magnificent. Dosage 7.7g/l. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040." Jun 2018

    Bottle 
    750ml, cork
    Varietal 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
    Alcohol
    12.0%
    Aging 5 years, 20% matured in oak casks
    Region Champagne, France