Grape varieties: 60% Pinot Noir and 40% 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.
"Notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and warm brioche introduce the 2013 Cristal, a full-bodied, layered and incisive wine that's taut and chiseled but also notably exuberant in a vintage that I admire immensely but which can sometimes present an austere side. Deep, concentrated and penetrating, it's complemented by a pinpoint mousse and concludes with a long, saline finish. Less introverted than its 2012 predecessor, readers won't regret trying a bottle of the 2013 Cristal young—even if I'd recommend forgetting some for a decade too." 96/100 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate, April 2021
"Pale gold. Tiny bead. Intense nose of fresh almonds, lemon zest and blossom. Tight and tense with masses of acidity and freshness but not painfully so. Neat and a little introvert. This is clearly made up of many layers and is extremely persistent. A fine mix of intellectual and pleasurable. Pretty gorgeous." 18.5/20 points, Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com, April 2021
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