Louis Roederer Champagne

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008


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Louis Roederer Cristal 2008, Champagne, France

Grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay  

One of the best quality champagnes, yellow gold in colour, intense and refined it has notes of apricot, hazelnut and Danish pastries, exquisite Chardonnay fruit shines through, very elegant. 

It's a champagne for the ultimate celebration, also perfect with white fish such as monkfish, and white meats.  The flagship cuvee for Champagne Roederer that is much loved by the party crowd and partially a victim of its own success in that it is drunk so soon after release, it will really improve with three to five years additional cellaring.  Very limited quantities available. 

"Tense and lifted on the nose. So very different from the vintage: much more finesse. Racy and elegant. Masses of acidity and tension. Lighter in texture than the vintage. A racy thoroughbred. So refined but very youthful." Jancis Robinson 19/20

"Let's start describing the 2008 Cristal technically first. It is a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 36 plots in seven grands crus: Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont and A for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil, Avize and Cramant for the Chardonnay. Twenty-five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 16% underwent malolactic fermentation to moderate the fresh acidity of the 2008 vintage. The assemblage was bottled in May 2009. After 8.5 years on the second lees (longer than any Cristal before), the first release was disgorged in September 2017 with a relatively low dosage of 7.5 grams per liter. Stephan Reinhardt The Wine Advocate 97+/100

"The 2008 Cristal is a real head-turner. Powerful, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2008 takes hold of the sense and never lets up. There is a crystalline purity to the flavors that is simply remarkable. Although still a baby, the 2008 looks like it will soon take its place alongside the greatest Cristals. Today, it is breathtaking. Antonio Galloni, Vinous 98/100

"With staggering density and impressive balance, this is one of the greatest Roederer Cristal ever made. It’s a wine for the long term, and its best to leave it for six or seven years in the cellar before drinking. However, the vibrant youth of this great champagne is hard to be patient with. Simply put, it’s great to drink anytime. James Suckling 100/100

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