2004 Roederer, Louis Cristal
Champagne Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 97
  • WE 97
  • W&S 97
  • IWC 94
  • WS 93

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004 at... The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004 at least today. Cristal is often accessible young but that is far from the case here. This is a serious painfully young Cristal that will require considerable patience. Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive complete Cristal. The 2004 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is Lot L033331E100008 disgorged January 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. -Antonio Galloni
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2010
Exceptionally rich and dense an exceptional wine that reveals itself in layers from the first fruit attack to the mineral texture and the way it gradually fills the mouth. Selected from old vines there is a great flavor... Exceptionally rich and dense an exceptional wine that reveals itself in layers from the first fruit attack to the mineral texture and the way it gradually fills the mouth. Selected from old vines there is a great flavor in this wine with the promise of many years' aging. R.V.
W&S 97
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2011
The energy in this wine recalls the 2002 Cristal (I wrote "energy" three times in my notes.) In 2004 it's explosive. The wine is saturated with flavor from floral notes of rose to pale limestone and equally pale fruit... The energy in this wine recalls the 2002 Cristal (I wrote "energy" three times in my notes.) In 2004 it's explosive. The wine is saturated with flavor from floral notes of rose to pale limestone and equally pale fruit. The flavors keep going as if striding through doorway after doorway in a limestone cellar the Champenois equivalent of Get Smart. Built to age as gracefully as Agent 99 this won't disappoint if you open it now with scallop crudo.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2010
($229; 55% pinot noir and 45% chardonnay) Light bright gold. Spicy citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by chalk white flowers and a touch of smokiness. Taut linear lemon and orange rind flavors give way to... ($229; 55% pinot noir and 45% chardonnay) Light bright gold. Spicy citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by chalk white flowers and a touch of smokiness. Taut linear lemon and orange rind flavors give way to deeper pear in the mid-palate and pick up notes of honeysuckle and toasted grain with air. Still very young but shows excellent promise. Finishes with good mineral cut and sappy persistence.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
Floral citrus and spice aromas and flavors are at the forefront of this filigree delicate Champagne which is harmonious and well-defined with a long aftertaste of roasted nut and toast. Very dry. Drink now through 2028. -BS
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 2004

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.