Louis Roederer : Cristal 2008

 1 Bottle (750ML)

The quintessential Roederer style in an exceptional Champagne

The Cuvee Cristal is the emblem of the prestigious Louis Roederer Champagne House. It is one of the most famous and exceptional cuvees in the world that is only produced when the expression of a vintage deserves to be immortalized.

After 10 years of aging in the cool, dark chalk cellars of the House, the Cristal 2008 reveals a burst of purity and harmony.

Born from the greatest limestone terroirs, Louis Roederer's Cristal 2008 brings together the Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Cote des Blancs in a sumptuous blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%).

The Cristal 2008 represents all the typicity of its vintage that is unique and reflective of the Roederer style. From a dry, but cool year, exceptional density and power represent the 2008 vintage to give a perfect combination of concentration and freshness.

In a perfectly harmonious complexity, the Cristal 2008 reveals an intense bouquet in which candied citrus aromas give way to the indulgent pear and almond notes that are enhanced with toasty aromas. However, it is the palate that shows all the splendor of the Cristal 2008. With great power, the attack delivers all the strength of the limestone terroir that gives depth and a saline concentration, which testifies to the chalk from the terroir. The sensations from the first sip reveal an inimitable structure that embraces the palate with sweet liqueur flavors. The mouthfeel stretches beautifully until a finish full of freshness that leaves a lingering and delicious saline impression.

With the Cristal 2008, Louis Roederer represents the elaboration of one of the greatest masterpieces of the House similar to the excellent 2002 vintage. The Cristal 2008 is the perfection of Champagne.

Parker : 97+ / 100
Wine Spectator : 95 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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 Ay 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.
Champagne
Wine Spectator
95

Alcohol
12

J. Robinson
19

J. Suckling
100

Vinous - A. Galloni
98+

Dessert wine
No

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Pinot Noir/Chardonnay

Region
Champagne

Appellation
Champagne

Color
White

Producer
Louis Roederer

Sweetness
Brut

Parker
97+

Allergens
Contains sulfites