A generous and creamy cuvée, true to its dry, hot, sunny and ripe vintage. It leads out succulent and complex, with juicy peach and apple fruit, even hints of pineapple, and the complexity of age in fresh, spicy ginger, honey biscuits and nougat. Subtle gunflint reduction brings complexity, while respecting the purity of its fruit. It changes up a gear on the finish, gaining velocity and energy from the tension of malic acidity and the pronounced texture of grapefruit pith that embodies a seamless accord between fine, salt chalk minerality, the mouthfeel of lees age and subtle phenolic bitterness. These elements all settle into place in balance and harmony, albeit disparate at this youthful age. As ever with Cristal, all it asks for is time. 95 Points. - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2018-2019.