Frank Murray III wrote: ↑
December 15th, 2019, 10:35 am
Couple from last night. The 2009 Cristal is simply genius, and if it wasn't 200 a pop, I'd probably buy a case of it for the cellar. Gotta live to a budget, thought. But, for the 4 times I have had it this year, inclusive of last night, I simply cannot think of anything better from anywhere I have enjoyed as much in 2019.
The last time I had it I began to think along the same lines. It's really sensational and I keep staring at my 2008 Cristal wanting to pop one to see if it can possibly be as good. I think the 2009 got shunted aside like the 09 Dom when the 08s came out. With the Dom, the difference in quality and the unique profile of the 08 really sets the 2 apart. Having not had the 08 Cristal yet, I can't make the same comparison but have a very, very hard time believing that many champagnes I'll drink are going to be superior, young, to the 2009 Cristal.
It really is exceptional.
On the slum end of things, last night I popped the:
2016 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
-- Nose is sweet pear, lime, granny smith, hint of honeysuckle. Palate was a shock. As in I got up, walked to the fridge, pulled the bottle out and looked at it to make sure I didn't open the wrong thing. It tastes like sparkling Riesling. The dosage seems so high that the wine is overtly sweet. I thought maybe I'd opened a demi-sec. My wife chimed in without any prompting to say "I'm not sure about this wine. It tastes like a Riesling or something." It is really hard for me to believe the dosage on this is only 10g/L because it tastes almost like a demi-sec. Has some acidity that cleans things up, and a surprisingly creamy mousse, but this is not my jams. 87