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Louis Roederer - Cristal

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97+ Points - The Wine Advocate

The 2008 Cristal opens bright, super clear, fresh and pure on the exciting, absolutely fascinating nose with its fine, complex and elegant bouquet of gorgeously ripe and matured fruits, brioche and chalk expressions. This is the finest you can get from Champagne. The palate is pure, lean, fresh and filigreed but concentrated, highly complex, full of tension and enormously vibrant. This is a great vin de terroir, a dense and elegant Super-Cristal that goes straight and precise as a laser beam over the palate but also has texture in the form of sensually fleshy fruit. The dosage, however, is the lowest ever: just 7.5 grams. The endless and highly tensioned finish is complex, citrusy fresh, full of chalk and crystalline finesse. The 2008 Cristal is a vitalising drug, "the Chevalier Montrachet of Champagne," as Jean-Baptise Lécaillon puts it. It is the most exciting 2008 Champagne I have tasted thus far (May 2018).

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  • Louis Roederer

    Louis Roederer

    Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

    Established at the end of the eighteenth century, Louis Roederer is one of the last great Champagne houses to remain independent and family-run. The estate was inherited by Louis Roederer in 1833, who gave it his name and forged the wine’s unique style, character and taste. Under his visionary leadership the fame and reputation of the house of Louis Roederer was firmly established.

    Louis Roederer’s champagnes all share an attractive and direct expression and a dense, fresh, and sophisticated attack that develops into a sparkling and subtle bouquet. This is complemented by vivacious effervescence and delicious acidity. These sunny, pure, chiselled, and harmonious wines have a natural gift for creating pleasure: each wine has a unique way of embodying Louis Roederer’s distinctive style and constant quest for perfection.

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