What can one say? Cristal is a benchmark for what Champagne aspire to. In the superb 2008 vintage it is simply magical. Multiple 100 (Dunnuck, et al) and 99 (Vinous, Gilman, Decanter) point scores from major critics.
Here's just one review:
"The 2008 Cristal is one of the most complete, most dazzling Champagnes I have ever tasted. A stunning wine from any and all perspectives, the 2008 simply has it all. Spherical in construction, with superb persistence. The 2008 takes hold of all the senses and never gives up. One of the many things that makes the 2008 special is a combination of ripe fruit and bright, piercing acidity. Marzipan, lemon confit, dried flowers and orchard fruit all build into the explosive, resonant finish." - 99 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous