Cristal is produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Noir (60%) grapes have attained perfect maturity. Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after disgorging (dégorgement).
Louis Roederer is one of the last great independent and family-run champagne houses. The cuvées of the House of Louis Roederer are the fruit of patient work with fundamental ingredients; the collaboration of experts, a quest for the perfect balance, and hardy and generous grapes cultivated in the Champagne soil, producing wines with a summery character and crystalline elegance.
The Cristal 2009 has a genuine force of life, an invitation to pleasure, and at the same time great depth and purity. A continental, sunny year with a real winter that was very cold and dry followed by a glorious sun-filled summer and almost no rain in August and September. All this meant traditional vine growth, excellent health and remarkable grape ripeness for the production of dense, fruity and delicious wines. 2009 is an obvious addition to the select group of brilliant and accomplished Champagne vintages with a light, sunny character.
Cristal is a blend of Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. The wine is aged for 6 years in the cellars and left for a minimum of 8 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity. The dosage is 8 g/l. 60% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, 16% of the wine vinified in oak casks, no malolactic fermentation.
“Translusent, shimmering gold indicates a wine of poised ripeness; beautiful scents of orange blossom merge with sense of great chalky terroir. The purity and sublime texture of the mouthfeel owes a lot to non-malolactic winemaking which maintains freshness after the uninterrupted warmth of summer to harvest end. Also it also shows the essential true fruit now and for 20 years to come. Long lingering finish. A great supremely elegant Champagne.” – 97 Points Decanter