Very much apple notes with minerals and beer flavours. At first a bit weird, but slowly balances in the glass. Youthful, but of course – but I was desperately searching for the seductive soft/creamy mousse, which I so much appreciate in Cristal. The taste impression is strong and intense, but is almost cut off halfway as the mousse is a bit rough at this stage. (92+)
(Glass: Juhlin Brief TN from a dinner with friends. / Tasted Feb-2006)
1999 Louis Roederer, Cristal, Champagne, France
(Tasted at a restaurant – business dinner, impression only)
There are two, sometimes three good things about writing a TN. Firstly it brings back good memories, like a great picture. Secondly it’s educational and the sometime third reason is when you get the chance to alter your first impression. This TN is such a case and luckily it’s on the positive side. This bottle of Cristal showed a lot more freshness compared to my last encounter. Still I found the apple flavours, but not infected with a dull beer flavour, but a nutty component with graceful tones and enormous intensity. The complex layers are building for each nosedive. The taste is indeed impressive with a forceful but extremely pure finish. It’s extremely young and has massive potential.