During the tasting, Cristal 2002 of Roederer unveils a bouquet of a great richness revealing gradually the intensity of its aromas. Quaffable flowery notes, married to carefully toasted nuts, cacao and candied citrus fruits aromas, show the sophistication of this particularly racy cuvée. On the palate, Cristal 2002 is broad and caresses the palate with its unctuousness. This champagne reveals fragrances of riped fruits accompanied by quaffing notes of caramel, viennoiserie and white chocolate. The whole is completed by freshness on a nice bitterness, giving to the wine an exquisite crunchy sensation.
Parker : 96 / 100 J. Suckling : 98 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted from the original 2009 disgorgement, the 2002 Cristal is a broad, vinous wine, bursting with aromas of honeyed yellow orchard fruit, warm butter, brioche and fresh peaches. On the palate, it's full-bodied, textural and mouthfilling, rendering the fine-boned chalky structure and textural finesse that distinguish this quintessentially elegant style of this cuvée in a broader-shouldered, more enveloping register. The 2002 is beginning to enter its plateau of maturity and is drinking beautifully today, though it still has many years ahead of it.