Speaking to the drinks business at the official launch of the famous prestige cuvee’s 2008 vintage, Lecaillion said that it is “the most Cristal of Cristals; it represents exactly the vision we have of a Cristal”.
The 2008 follows the release of the younger 2009 vintage last year. According to Lecaillion, the 2008 – which he admits was a “struggle” – needed longer to calm down its acidity. However, it was worth the wait, and the cellar master has compared it to two previous, much-lauded Cristal vintages: the 1988 and 1996.
The Champagne – a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay – was aged for 10 years, the longest ever cellaring time for Cristal. Cristal pricing at this release is £210 per bottle (RRP), a 5% increase on the 2009 release.