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Louis Roederer : Cristal 2007

Louis Roederer : Cristal 2007

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Louis Roederer : Cristal 2007

An Emblematic Cristal with a Discreet Power

Cristal is the emblematic prestige cuvee of the famous Louis Roederer Champagne House. It has become one of the world's most famous and exceptional champagnes, only made in vintages that deserve to be immortalized. 2017 was a mostly warm year at Roederer. A warm spring was followed by a cool summer, with drought occurring at the end of August and harvest taking place under ideal sanitary conditions.

Sourced from the great limestone terroirs of the Grands Crus in Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Cote des Blancs, the fruit blends 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. Around 15% of the wines are matured in oak barrels, with weekly batonnage taking place and no malolactic fermentation. After maturing for 5 years in the cellars, this cuvee rested for 8 more months after disgorging.

The Cristal 2007 is a fantastic example of the "discreet power" of Cristal.

In the glass, the Cristal 2007 displays a golden hue with subtle orange highlights, and a consistent and dynamic flow of fine bubbles. The attack presents plenty of juicy ripe fruit (yellow pears) and red fruit (redcurrants). The fruit aromas intermingle with buttery, flaky hot pastry aromas, like those of a home-made apple pie, fresh out of the oven. Sweeter touches of white chocolate and hazelnuts round out this classic bouquet. On the palate, the attack is very concentrated, revealing with some time mature fruits. This champagne seduces with its silky, velvety, luscious texture, with a touch of salinity towards the finish leaving behind an impression of great lightness and refinement.

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Louis Roederer : Cristal 2007
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon calls Cristal the first terroir cuvée of the Champagne. He furthers, It's not just Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, but the chalk that brings the ultimate finesse, length and precision of Cristal. Forty-five blocks with averaging age of 43-years-old, low-yielding vines form the base of Cristal, which is usually made of approximately 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Due to an early bud break (end of March) and the wet summer, the 2007 was picked at the end of August, so almost 100 days after the flowering instead of the normal 93-95 days. There is a bit less Pinot Noir than usual (57%) and accordingly, more Chardonnay (43%) in the 2007 Cristal. This Champagne comes along in a golden color and with a deep and matured, yet well-defined bouquet of ripe yellow fruits and honey notes. Full-bodied, round and very complex, the generous 2007 is a perfect mix of ripe fruit and precise minerality. It is a silky textured, pure and precise, as well as powerful and expressive Champagne. It has great tension and grip in the very long and persistent finish. Great expression of chalk. The 2007 was disgorged in 2015. The 2009 is to be released in September; the 2008 won't be in the market earlier than January 2018. Neither a 2010 nor a 2011 will be released, but a 2012.
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