2002 Roederer, Louis Cristal Rose
Champagne Blend - 750ML

  • AG 98
  • WA 95
  • IWC 93

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AG 98
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May 2015
The 2002 Cristal Rosé is one of the most overtly vinous wines in this lineup. Rich, powerful and voluptuous on the palate, the 2002 captures the exuberance of the year in spades. Hard candy, cinnamon, spices, mint and... The 2002 Cristal Rosé is one of the most overtly vinous wines in this lineup. Rich, powerful and voluptuous on the palate, the 2002 captures the exuberance of the year in spades. Hard candy, cinnamon, spices, mint and wild flowers wrap around the resonant, opulent finish. A head-turning beauty, the 2002 has really blossomed since I last tasted it a few years ago. It is also the showiest and most exotic wine in this vertical. I imagine the 2002 will reward readers with another 15-20 years of exceptional drinking, perhaps more. There isn't too much to say, except that this is one of the great wines of the vintage.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2009
The 2002 Brut Cristal Rose shows the classic Roederer introspectiveness that can sometimes make the wines hard to grasp when they are young. It too is a relatively lightly-colored rose. The bouquet is beautifully woven... The 2002 Brut Cristal Rose shows the classic Roederer introspectiveness that can sometimes make the wines hard to grasp when they are young. It too is a relatively lightly-colored rose. The bouquet is beautifully woven into a fabric of layered ripe fruit. With some time in the glass the wine's textural beauty becomes more apparent but this is a Champagne that needs bottle age. It should be spectacular in time. Cristal Rose is made with the same technique as the rose which is to say the Pinot is cold-macerated on the skins for 6-7 days but the percentage of oak is a touch higher. For Cristal Rose the Pinot is sourced from Ay and the percentage of Chardonnay (from Avize and Mesnil) is a touch higher than the Brut Rose at 40% of the blend. This is Lot L031784L100149 disgorged in April 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. -Antonio Galloni
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2009
($650; a blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay; L031587L100418) Medium pink with a light copper hue. Strawberry cherry skin and blood orange on the nose with notes of brown butter and dried flowers adding complexity... ($650; a blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay; L031587L100418) Medium pink with a light copper hue. Strawberry cherry skin and blood orange on the nose with notes of brown butter and dried flowers adding complexity. Lush and creamy but not heavy offering open-knit red berry and sappy citrus flavors and a deeper buttery quality on the back end. Hangs on with attractive spiciness a hint of candied orange and impressive gently sweet persistence. I'd err on the side of youth with this alluring Champagne and drink it over the coming decade rather than bury it in the cellar.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 2002

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.