2005 Louis Roederer Cristal
Champagne Blend - 750ML
  • WE 97
  • JG 97
  • JS 96
  • W&S 95
  • WS 94
  • VN 94
  • WA 93
  • BH 93

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$259.94

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Reg: $299.94

$259.94

This product is
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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast, December 2012
The iconic Roederer Champagne Cristal's latest release brings a perfect balance of richness and age worthiness. It is full of apple flavor and the mousse is very fine and almost imperceptible. As so often with a... expand The iconic Roederer Champagne Cristal's latest release brings a perfect balance of richness and age worthiness. It is full of apple flavor and the mousse is very fine and almost imperceptible. As so often with a beautifully blended wine like this a few minutes breathing brings out extra complex flavors. It certainly should age over five years and more. collapse
JG 97
View From The Cellar, June 2014
The 2005 Cristal is a legend in the making, but this wine is still very young and closed and some extended bottle age will be necessary to really allow all of the multi-faceted elements here to blossom and come to the... expand The 2005 Cristal is a legend in the making, but this wine is still very young and closed and some extended bottle age will be necessary to really allow all of the multi-faceted elements here to blossom and come to the fore. The cépages is the same as the 2006, fifty-five percent pinot noir and forty-five percent chardonnay, but this does not mean that Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon selected vins clairs from the same crus for the two vintages! The 2005 Cristal offers up a deep, extremely primary and very promising bouquet of apple, pear, a gorgeously complex base of chalky soil tones, incipient nuttiness, citrus peel, smoke, a touch of lavender and a topnote of peach blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and absolutely rock solid at the core, with great focus and finesse, very refined mousse, a crisp girdle of acidity and great length and laser-like focus on the poised, primary and utterly refined finish. The 2005 is an utterly brilliant Cristal in the making, but give it time to blossom in the cellar! 2019-2060. collapse
JS 96
jamessuckling.com, March 2012
The complexity and youthful freshness here makes a striking Champagne that offers immense pleasure and a certain richness and depth that reflects the style of the vintage with some warmth reflected in the wine. The nose... expand The complexity and youthful freshness here makes a striking Champagne that offers immense pleasure and a certain richness and depth that reflects the style of the vintage with some warmth reflected in the wine. The nose has rich citrus and stone fruits, some white flowers, light creamy honey notes and fresh sweet pastry, it has a toasty thread that has built quickly in the wine. Plenty of body on the palate, it has a wealth of assertive citrus and more exotic fruits too, the power and concentration undeniable, the length impressive and the balance impeccable. Already great drinking here. Slightly higher chardonnay component at around 45%. -NS collapse
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits, December 2012
Every vintage can't be 2002 or even 2004. Even so this is pretty great an open airy whip-smart delivery of Cristal's spark a wine of formidable delicacy. The undertow is there drawing down a wave of spicy oak notes and... expand Every vintage can't be 2002 or even 2004. Even so this is pretty great an open airy whip-smart delivery of Cristal's spark a wine of formidable delicacy. The undertow is there drawing down a wave of spicy oak notes and heady crème caramel to reveal glints of limestone the bright shimmer of acidity sustained by the cool rootedness in the soil. In 45 words of my notes on this wine there's not a single mention of fruit. Instead they focus on brightness subtlety lusty juiciness balance and mouthwatering complexity. collapse
WS 94
Wine Spectator, October 2012
Vibrant and mouthwatering this offers a range of patisserie pear and apple fruit candied lemon zest pastry dough and marzipan notes set on a finely detailed texture which imparts a great deal of finesse. The lasting... expand Vibrant and mouthwatering this offers a range of patisserie pear and apple fruit candied lemon zest pastry dough and marzipan notes set on a finely detailed texture which imparts a great deal of finesse. The lasting finish echoes a smoky mineral note. Drink now through 2025. -A.N. collapse
VN 94
Vinous, December 2012
(L036332A109909): Bright yellow-gold. Heady floral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose with smoky mineral and floral overtones adding complexity. Velvety and chewy in texture offering deep juicy orange and... expand (L036332A109909): Bright yellow-gold. Heady floral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose with smoky mineral and floral overtones adding complexity. Velvety and chewy in texture offering deep juicy orange and poached pear flavors and suave honey and chamomile nuances. Blends precision with power finishing with a distinct mineral quality and excellent persistence. collapse
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2012
The 2005 Cristal stands out for its exceptional inner perfume and elegance. Soft, delicate and pretty, the 2005 is a relatively immediate Cristal with all of the signatures very much in the right place. The 2005 doesn’t... expand The 2005 Cristal stands out for its exceptional inner perfume and elegance. Soft, delicate and pretty, the 2005 is a relatively immediate Cristal with all of the signatures very much in the right place. The 2005 doesn’t have the opulence of the 2002 nor the focus of the 2004, but it is a very pretty, if somewhat small-scaled version of this iconic Champagne. I would drink the 2005 while the 2002 and 2004 age. Although Cristal has an impeccable track record when it comes to aging, personally I would not push it with the 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. - Antonio Galloni collapse
BH 93
Burghound, October 2015
Like the 2006 this is notably ripe with plenty of yeast, brioche and orchard fruit characters but in this case there is no tropicality. There is fine mid-palate density to the relatively powerful and very rich flavors... expand Like the 2006 this is notably ripe with plenty of yeast, brioche and orchard fruit characters but in this case there is no tropicality. There is fine mid-palate density to the relatively powerful and very rich flavors that possess excellent complexity on the lingering finish that really fans out as it sits in the mouth. Like many 2005s this is not an especially refined vintage for Cristal nor does it possess the effervescent punch it usually does. Those aspects duly noted, this certainly cannot be faulted in terms of richness and complexity and for my taste, this is probably drinking about as well as it’s going to though I underscore that it should drink well for many years to come. now+ collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 2005
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12%
Closure Cork

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

Louis Roederer

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.