1988 Roederer, Louis Cristal

Out of stock

  • Champagne Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 94
  • WS 93

Reviews for 1988 Roederer, Louis Cristal

WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2009
The 1988 is a strapping powerful Cristal. Ripe tropical fruit butter spices and smoke are some of the nuances that emerge from this energetic focused Champagne. This is a rather monolithic Cristal that lacks the elegance... The 1988 is a strapping powerful Cristal. Ripe tropical fruit butter spices and smoke are some of the nuances that emerge from this energetic focused Champagne. This is a rather monolithic Cristal that lacks the elegance of the finest vintages. The 1988 Cristal is unique in that it is the only vintage in which Chardonnay at 55% plays the dominant role in the blend. 1988 was a cool year and picking stretched into October. The late harvest largely favored Chardonnay over Pinot Noir. According to Lecaillon the lesson learned in 1988 was that the estate needed to seriously lower yields on the Pinot in order to achieve proper ripeness. The wine was partially fermented in oak (25%) and 30% of the Pinot Noir underwent malolactic fermentation. This bottle was disgorged in late 2007 and dosage was 8 grams quite a bit lower than is the norm these days. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 1994
Intriguing and complex with enticing aromas of fig butter and toast backed by mouth-filling flavors of pear cream and apple. Long on the finish too. Gorgeous refined and balanced. Drink now through 1997.