98 points Decanter
Outer quote mark A dazzling achievement in a tricky year. Emphatic punch of acidity has been moulded into electric energy and thrust, while keeping the saline vinosity. Life changing. Exceptional. (ME) Inner quote mark
97 points Vinous
Outer quote mark The 1996 Cristal is another highlight in a tasting full of thrilling wines. Cristal is all about finesse, nuance and understatement, all of which come through in spades here. Hints of apricot jam and wild flowers are laced into the soft, super-expressive finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2014)
96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Outer quote mark Even though Cristal is typically very appealing upon release, the truth is that it needs serious cellaring to reveal its pedigree. Several recent bottles have been breathtaking. The aromatics, fruit and acidity are all beautifully woven together in this fabulous Cristal. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2010)
95 points Wine & Spirits
Outer quote mark Score only, no tasting note provided. Inner quote mark (12/2005)
94 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Outer quote mark Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange, flowers and honey supported by strong underlying structure. An amazingly solid Champagne with the stuffing for extended development in bottle. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2002)
94 points Wine Spectator
Outer quote mark A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant, offering citrus, pastry, biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture. Great structure for aging. (BS) Inner quote mark (11/2003)
Outer quote mark Still pale straw. Really exciting interest on the nose. Hints of gingerbread and electricity(!). Such creamy texture and some baked apples but real grip and tension. This is just coming into its own – demonstrating how long one should ideally wait for Cristal… Great undertow of both fruit and structure. 19/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2016)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
Perfect. Straight out of a case.