Louis Roederer : Cristal 2008

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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 : 98 / 100
J. Suckling : 100 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Disgorged in September 2017 with 7.5 grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Cristal was produced from 37 of the 45 parcels that are candidates for inclusion in this cuvée--some 40% of which were farmed organically back in 2008--and it's a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The finest young Cristal in decades, the wine wafts from the glass with a pure and vibrant bouquet of crisp orchard fruit, clear honey, warm brioche, citrus zest and white flowers. On the palate, it's full-bodied, intense and incisive, with superb concentration, racy acids and a long, searingly chalky finish. Pristinely balanced, there are some 500,000 bottles of this legend-in-the-making.
Champagne
Alcohol
12

Grape varieties
Pinot Noir/Chardonnay

Dessert wine
No

Meadow
95

J. Robinson
19

J. Suckling
100

Vinous - A. Galloni
99

Wine Spectator
95

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Region
Champagne

Appellation
Champagne

Color
White

Producer
Louis Roederer

Sweetness
Brut

Parker
98

Allergens
Contains sulfites