1996 Roederer, Louis Cristal
Champagne Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94
  • WE 91

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2002
This wine was recommended but no tasting note was given.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2003
A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant offering citrus pastry biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy... A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant offering citrus pastry biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture. Great structure for aging...
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2002
($175) Multidimensional nose offers baked apple orange oil acacia honey white chocolate toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange... ($175) Multidimensional nose offers baked apple orange oil acacia honey white chocolate toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange flowers and honey supported by strong underlying structure. An amazingly solid Champagne with the stuffing for extended development in bottle. 94+ points
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2003
Still delicious but not quite as impressive as a bottle tasted last year. Rich and full with aromas and flavors of baked apples and citrus and an easygoing finish.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1996

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.