I bought this bottle exactly three years ago. Now it is the moment to try it along with its successor, the Cristal 2008. No I am not confused, the 2009 was released earlier than the 2008.
Wine making techniques
This nectar is a blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) Grand Crus from Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. 16% of the wine is vinified in oak casks. As it usually happens for this Maison, the malolactic fermentation wasn’t done. The divine nectar has aged 6 years in cellars and left for a minimum 8 months after the dégorgement. The dosage is 8g/l. Santé!
In the glass, the wine has a gold colour with noble amber tints. The bubbles are persistent and thin. At the nose, it is a triumph of citrus fruits, with lovely notes of acacia, honeysuckle, ginger, and dried apricot. There are also hints of brioche and hazelnut. The aromatic palette of this 2009 is “warmer” than the 2008 one. In the mouth, the nectar is less delicate than the 2008, the bubbles prods the palate. The tertiary aromas of nutty, toast and hay overwhelm the citrus perfumes.
Tasting the 2009, after the celestial 2008, has influenced a bit the valuation of this nectar. It is certainly a great champagne, but it does not make you dream! The aromatic bouquet is complex and the flavour intensity pronounced, but it hasn’t got the same grace of the other vintage. The latter is creamy and silky on the tongue; the former is a bit aggressive, quoting my mum. Anyway I have fully enjoyed it and I think that any other champagne would have lost the challenge with 2008. At the end, even the owner of a Porsche 911 GT3 feels a little bit an asshole when somebody parks a Lamborghini Aventador next to his car. Well, at least I think so, as I am still using the tube! Mah….