Marks and reviews
Founded in 1776 in Reims, Louis Roederer is a Champagne House that has managed to remain family-owned and independent. After more than 200 years of existence, the Louis Roederer House is still owned by the same family. Now led by Frédéric Rouzaud, who represents the seventh generation of the family's lineage, Louis Roederer boasts and embodies the excellence of Champagne around the world, through cuvées crafted like works of art.
With nearly 241 hectares of vines, the Louis Roederer House derives its strength from its extraordinary vineyard, made up solely of Grands and Premiers Crus in the Marne Valley, the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. A veritable mosaic of terroirs, the Maison Louis Roederer vineyard is divided into 410 plots, reflecting the great diversity of the Champagne region's soils.
The House's iconic cuvée, first created in 1876 for the Tsar of Russia, Cristal is made from 45 exceptional vineyards, spread over 7 Grands Crus of the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs.
A harsh winter preceded a very mild spring. The strong sunshine was accompanied by a slight water stress. The alternation between heat and humidity in July favoured the rapid and unusual development of the grapes. The cooler conditions in August and the strong sunshine in September allowed the ripening to take place despite significant disease pressure. Cristal 2005 stands out from other vintages due to its utterly Chardonnay style, which combines elegance and thickness, vinosity and length.
Vinification and ageing
The vinification is carried out in oak for 20% of the wine, with weekly stirring of the lees. No malolactic fermentation. This exceptional cuvée benefits from an average of 5 years of ageing in the cellars and an 8-month settling period after disgorgement. The dosage is between 8 and 10 g/l depending on the vintage.
Cristal 2005 by Louis Roederer comprises a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.
Its colour is golden, brilliant with slightly amber reflections and a regular and dynamic effervescence.
The bouquet is intense, both rich and elegant, with notes of white and yellow fruit, such as apple and peach, as well as citrus. When aerated, more typical aromas of white flowers and dried fruit appear with buttery and caramelised nuances, almost vanilla.
The attack of Cristal 2005 is ample, soft and vinous. The richness of the flavours is combined with a delicate effervescence that stretches the palate in a pure and slender way. Cristal 2005 by Louis Roederer is an exceptional champagne.