1988 Roederer, Louis Cristal Rose
Champagne Blend - 750ML

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Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May 2015
From one of the truly great Champagne vintages of the last thirty years, the 1988 Cristal Rosé is simply fabulous. White truffles, hard candy, and wild flowers add nuance, but above all else I find the wine's freshness... From one of the truly great Champagne vintages of the last thirty years, the 1988 Cristal Rosé is simply fabulous. White truffles, hard candy, and wild flowers add nuance, but above all else I find the wine's freshness utterly mesmerizing. With time in the glass, the 1988 keeps getting richer and more vinous, with layers of fruit that continue to unfurl. Today, the 1988 appears to have at least another 10-15 years of fine drinking ahead of it, although I would prefer to err on the side of caution.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1988

Winery

Roederer, Louis

In 1845, at a time when majority of winemakers were buying the grapes rather than cultivating their own, Louis Roederer took a visionary approach. Wanting to master every aspect of the wine’s creation, he acquired several Grand Cru vineyards in Verzenay. Since then, every Louis Roederer vintage originates exclusively from their own vines. Its tete-de-cuvee, Louis Roederer Cristal, is among the finest Champagnes in the world.

The estate, which originally comprised 100 hectares acquired in 1850, now extends over 240 hectares, carefully chosen from the best terroirs of the Montagne de Reims, the Cote des Blancs, and the Vallee de la Marne. The estate cultivates 3 traditional grape varieties: Chardonnay for its minerality, finesse, and elegance; Pinot Noir’s solid constitution which adds structure to the blends and prepares the wine for aging; and Pinot Meunier whose adaptability brings harmony and softness to certain cuvees.

The Louis Roederer House has remained an independent, family-owned company and is now managed by Frederic Rouzaud, who represents the seventh generation of the lineage.