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Reviews 96 points Wine Advocate "...is very intense on the nose and shows lovely maturity. Due to the vintage, which saw some rain in the summer, the Chardonnay part is a bit higher than usual (43% instead of 40%), with just 57% Pinot Noir (from Ay). Five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 15% underwent malolactic fermentation (only the Pinot Noir though). The palate is rich and vinous but also pure, straight and fresh, finishing with a tight structure, persistent minerality and a yeasty character. (SR)" 19 points Jancis Robinson "Launched in 2017. Eight years on lattes then riddled and put upside down (sur pointes) to stop oxygen ingress. Also stops autolysis – stops building of texture and the atmosphere becomes completely reductive so the wine seems to get younger. Sur pointes for six years then disgorged, 6 g/l dosage (cf original 9 g/l) made with the wine itself (cf other wine aged in cask). Then 7–8 years post-disgorgement ageing for ‘caress’ – to make bubbles much softer so texture much more caressing. Just 400 bottles (even fewer for the rose). Deep coppery straw. Very intense nose. Sort of rich smokiness on the nose. Combination of umami and lychee. Hint of cheese! Complex and broad but a small tweak to the recipe really. Some dried spice. (JR)"
About Louis Roederer
The house of Louis Roederer is responsible for producing several prestige Champagnes, including Blanc de Blanc and Brut Rose. However, their crown jewel is Cristal, crafted using 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from their premier vineyards in Reims. The history of Louis Roederer dates back to 1776, and Cristal was originally created for Russian Emperor Tsar Alexander II in 1876. To this day, Louis Roederer remains a family-run business, now in its 7th generation as the largest independent Champagne house.
Cristal is only produced in the finest vintages and has the potential to age for several decades. When you come across its signature gold cellophane wrapping, take a moment to appreciate it. Not only is it a nod to its historical prestige, but it also protects the bottle from damaging UV rays.