Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 75 cl

In 1876, Tsar Alexander II – already a great lover of Louis Roederer wines – asked Louis Roederer to ‘take the exercise still further’ and create a cuvée for his personal use which was unique, in terms of both its style and the bottle. So Louis Roederer offered him an exceptional crystal bottle, holding the fruit of vines selected from the seven great crus on his estate. This cuvée would be offered only in the truly ‘great’ years in which the ripeness of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes could provide the subtle, precise balance that has now become synonymous with the leading prestige cuvée of Champagne.

Harvests
A classic, generous year, yielding both quantity and quality. 2004 followed the same climatic trends as 2002 : cool, moderate temperatures throughout the season; and a considerably reduced rainfall (by about 30%) during the growing cycle, which, despite a particularly cold and rainy month of August, was fortunately followed by a dry and sunny September, ripening the grapes off impressively. The Louis Roederer vineyard team worked intensively in this period, and by the 20th September the grapes had attained a “vintage” balance, combining maturity and freshness.

Style
Cristal 2004 – incisive, seductive and delicious – has a “slender”, almost “living” freshness. Highly contemporary in its harmony and immediate seductiveness, it nevertheless remains first and foremost a great classic of northern Champagne, combining freshness, energy and an almost chalky mineral quality.
The Cristal hallmarks are evident: purity, precision and the unique harmony of flavours associated with the subtle power of our historic vines, located on the finest Champagne Grand Cru terroirs.

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Description

To the eye, brilliant yellow colour displaying light amber nuances, combined with an ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence

On the nose, there’s an intense, highly expressive bouquet on the first nose! The aromatic elegance and precision of Chardonnay is apparent: white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes, the aromas move on to more confit, lightly grilled hints. The bouquet is rich and sweet, almost generous, remaining precise and impeccably refined.

In the mouth, the bite in the mouth is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot, mango and others. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft – and typical of great Pinot noir – is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, ringing the wine alive with minerality. The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavours, senses and silky textures… Absolute sensuality.»
Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

Composed of 55% Pinot noir and 45% Chardonnay (20% of which is matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage). No malolactic fermentation occurs. Cristal is produced using harvests from the finest vineyards of Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.

Cristal ages an average of 5 years in the cellars and rests 8 months after disgorgement to perfect its maturity.

Dosage: between 8 and 10 g/l is customised to complement each vintage.

The strength and finesse of Cristal are perfectly suited to delicate foods.  It is a flattering accompaniment to caviar, fish and shellfish such as scallops, John Dory, lobster and crayfish.

Serve at a temperature of 46°F to 50°F. The strength and finesse of Cristal are perfectly suited to delicate foods. It is a flattering accompaniment to caviar, fish and shellfish such as scallops, John Dory, lobster and crayfish.

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. This is Lot L033331E100008, disgorged January, 2010.

97/100 (December 2010)

— Antonio Galloni

The 2004 is still very young and should most definitely be cellared for a few more years, having said that it is still very exuberant and tremendously smooth with all the clear sings of one of the best Cristal of the last few years.

Apricot, pear, apple, mango, citrus all present as you first taste this excellent Vintage that only gets better after given a few minutes to breathe and develop other more Wine like features as the bubbles start to fade and that wonderful smooth fine bubble is enjoyed.

Lovely aromas of floral & Chardonnay, honey, citrus, sweet dough, with a creamy and precise finish.

Should be fascinating to taste and enjoy in the next 5-10 years. The food pairing this time was with Rio Frio Caviar Russian Style blinis, followed by a Lobster Risotto for main course. Dessert Fresh Wild red berries and Strawberries with cream.

— Alex_Champagne

97+/100 (August 2016)

Additional information

Weight3.5 kg