1997 Roederer, Louis Cristal
Champagne Blend - 1.5L

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  • WE 94

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IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2004
Very fresh complex nose combines soft citrus fruits toast and minerals with hints of red berries. Penetrating bright and very intense with powerful citrus and mineral flavors that turn sweeter toward the back end. The... Very fresh complex nose combines soft citrus fruits toast and minerals with hints of red berries. Penetrating bright and very intense with powerful citrus and mineral flavors that turn sweeter toward the back end. The chewy finish of pear and hazelnut really stains the palate. Ultimately quite pliant and harmonious in the style of the year.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2004
In its famous clear bottle this is one of the best known prestige cuvées and also the oldest made first in 1876 for the Russian Tsars.This most recent vintage is a very fine wine in a great tradition revealing elegance... In its famous clear bottle this is one of the best known prestige cuvées and also the oldest made first in 1876 for the Russian Tsars.This most recent vintage is a very fine wine in a great tradition revealing elegance flavors of red fruits and impressive complexity from the blending. The aftertaste is extraordinary going on seemingly into the distant horizon.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1997

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.