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2002 Champagne Cristal

champagne cristal wine

Harvest report :
An extraordinary year that brought together all the factors that make for a great Champagne year : constantly warm temperatures without excessive heat or sun preceded by a markedly mild winter; a reduction in rainfall (about 20%) during the growth cycle; cool nights and a cold dry north-easterly wind from August to September. These exceptionally favourable conditions combined meant that the grapes matured perfectly and their flavours were nicely concentrated. Harvesting started 12 September for the Chardonnays with an average sugar concentration superior to 11% natural alcohol.

Tasting notes 2002 Cristal :
“An intense delicate wine that reveals a precise, pure combination of sugared flowers, cocoas, finely toasted hazelnuts, and candied citrus fruits. The texture is infinitely silky, concentrated and flavoursome with an explosion of ripe fruit, red fruit, white chocolate, caramel and viennoiserie typical of Cristal. It is a powerful and elegant wine with a crescendo of sensations that attains a true harmony of flavours and perfect integration. The end is fresh with a fi ne bitterness which almost lends the wine ‘crispness’.” Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

The perfect accompaniment :
Scallops, caviar with citrus
Half-smoked salmon
Chardonnay lobster and rhubarb
Spider crab and fennel
Oysters with a champagne zabaglione
Oyster tartare chipolatas with chives
Marinated raw fish

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