1990 Roederer, Louis Cristal
Champagne Blend - 6L

  • JG 98
  • WA 97
  • WS 94
  • AG 94
  • NM 93

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$7,195.00

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Reg: $9,495.00

$7,195.00

2 in stock

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JG 98
Jamie Goode - Wineanorak, February 2006
Wow. Complex and full; evolved and yet still fresh, with bold nutty toasty notes on the nose, together with some herbal complexity. The palate is broad but still very concentrated and fresh with massive length and real... Wow. Complex and full; evolved and yet still fresh, with bold nutty toasty notes on the nose, together with some herbal complexity. The palate is broad but still very concentrated and fresh with massive length and real harmony, with high acidity suggesting this still has some evolution ahead of it. Complex and intense, and, again, almost perfect.
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2009
The 1990 Cristal is a dramatic sweeping wine endowed with masses of apricots peaches flowers and minerals. A large-scaled Cristal the 1990 combines size with clarity and focus in a remarkably complete style that recalls... The 1990 Cristal is a dramatic sweeping wine endowed with masses of apricots peaches flowers and minerals. A large-scaled Cristal the 1990 combines size with clarity and focus in a remarkably complete style that recalls the 1982. The wine remains generous on the palate with stunning length and a finish that lasts forever. The 1990 Cristal is 62% Pinot Noir 38% Chardonnay. Just a small portion of the wine (7-10%) underwent malolactic fermentation. This bottle was disgorged in late 2007 with 8 grams of dosage. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023. -AG
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 1998
You won't soon forget this vivid and expressive Champagne. It packs in compound layers of citrus vanilla pear and nutmeg that harmonize and linger on the finish. Bright acidity makes it extra refreshing and layered. It... You won't soon forget this vivid and expressive Champagne. It packs in compound layers of citrus vanilla pear and nutmeg that harmonize and linger on the finish. Bright acidity makes it extra refreshing and layered. It has really opened up since last year...
AG 94
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, December 2015
The 1990 Cristal is in a perfect spot, where the aromas and flavors have developed lovely complexity, while the contours have softened, making it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2010
Tasted at the IMW Louis Roederer tasting. Disgorged September 2006. This has a much more mature nose than the 1996, more oxidative and honeyed, with touches of roasted walnut, white peach, a touch of wild mushroom and... Tasted at the IMW Louis Roederer tasting. Disgorged September 2006. This has a much more mature nose than the 1996, more oxidative and honeyed, with touches of roasted walnut, white peach, a touch of wild mushroom and Kaffir lime. Good definition. With time there is a touch of tangerine and lime cordial. The palate has a rounded entry, a touch of spice and a tang of fresh ginger. Good weight, but it does not have the same tautness and complexity as the ’96. But it is a generous Cristal, a bit of a femme fatale and it lingers beautifully on the palate. Drink now-2015.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1990

Label

Roederer’s most famous wine was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. Particularly fond of the House’s wine, the emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the best cuvee for him every year. To distinguish this cuvee, this exceptional champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous.

Produced only during the best vintage years, when the Chardonnay (around 40%) and Pinot Noir (around 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 degorgement.

Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be aged for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.

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.