The immediate impression is of the mildness of the pure, airy, bright bouquet. A floral, fruity pastel tone then unfolds and quickly darkens into candied fruit, ripe hay and toasted notes, along with hints of licorice.
The light golden color heralds a radiant entrance. The attack is languorously rounded, velvety and harmonious creamy bubbles, and lovely flavours of yellow fruits and nuts, uplifted by a note of freshness.
The 2008 is undeniably well structured but in a particular way: the wine’s almost saline concentration has not been created by the sun, but is derived from the dryness of the chalk soil in a particularly cool summer. The result is a smooth, almost liquorous, mouthfeel that coats the palate with a powerful yet soft texture. This gives way to an incredible finish, underpinned by freshness and an impression of absolute purity with a taut and very saline character. The Cristal 2008 is deep, intense and masterful. It offers the quintessential reflection of its chalk soils which lend it is velvety texture and delicate tension. This wine’s energy has been tamed by an unusually long period of bottle ageing: Cristal 2008 was in fact aged for 10 years before its release on the market.
The 2004 vintage Rose has Dom Perignon’s harmony and streamline, and also its particular embracing quality. It is all there, expressed in a way that enhances its classicism.
On the palate, the attack is smooth and embracing, but it is the impression of precision that dominates in the end. The wine’s chiseled integrity, intense and penetrating, is prolonged with the unexpected hint of green citrus that marks the vintage.
The wines remarkably rich bouquet reveals itself in successive waves: first the intense fruit, more black than red, which then melts into silvery minerality. Notes of praline and coriander complement the whole. The wine has a strong character and a powerful presence there is even something physical about it. Overall, it is structured, focused, firm and dense. Its intriguingly spicy, flowery finish remains present in each sip.
Fresh butter, white flowers, and spicy, notes. A wave of toasted brioche and a hint of citrus fruit confirm this extraordinary Brut Champagne’s elegance and harmony and then becomes full-bodied, rich and generous.
Light salmon pink colour. Somewhat close on the nose, but hints of grapefruit, lemon, chalk and green apple. Taste of grapefruit, lemon, chalk, green apple and toast. Medium long and dry finish with hints of toast and lemon. Small and lively bubbles. Surprisingly dry for a rose Champagne.