2012 Cristal Champagne
Tasting Note: Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavours, and astoundingly long in the finish.
Food Matching: The breadth given by the partial fermentation in wood and the exceptional intensity of the fruit make this a perfect food champagne. As the wine is still young it is best with fish courses.
Vinification: 20% fermented in large oak foudres with weekly batonnage. No Malolactic fermentation. Made from Grand Crus in the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Cote des Blancs. Aged for an average of five years on the lees and given a further 8 months after disgorgement. Dosage is adjusted depending on the vintage, but is in the range of 8 to 10 grammes per litre.