Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 Magnum150 cl Wooden Gift Box

In 1974, almost 200 years after the establishment of the Champagne house of Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create the Cristal Rosé cuvée.

Cristal Rosé is the rarest champagne produced by Champagne Louis Roederer. When the ideal vintage occurs and the wine is produced, it is done with regimented standards of winemaking that require a rigorous selection of crus, vintages, grapes and wine. The traditional skin maceration is used in order to gently extract the natural pigments for the unique color and create the particular style of this rosé. The cuvée Cristal Rosé is produced exclusively from the best grapes of Louis Roederer’s own Grand Cru vineyards, primarily those of Aÿ for the Pinot Noir, and Le Mesnil sur Oger and Avize for the Chardonnay. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with limestone soil and, in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today the vineyards are cultivated according to biodynamic principles.

Winemaking
Twenty percent of the wines are vinified in oak barrels with no malolactic fermentation. To create Rosé champagnes, Louis Roederer still uses the saignée method after cold maceration that can last five to eight days in the liquid phase. Cristal Rosé is matured six to seven years in the cellar and rests for eight months after disgorgement to perfect its balance.

Harvest
2006 was a very warm year, featuring contrasting rainfall conditions. After an unusually cool and rainy August, September’s warm, dry weather accelerated fruit maturation and produced distinctive, rich, and complex grapes.

Style
Three words evoke this wine’s style: refreshing, lively, and silky.

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Description

To the eye, a salmon pink hue with bright golden tints. A persistent stream of fine bubbles.

On the nose, a summery bouquet of fresh fruit, with the right balance of sweetness and acidity (red currants and vine peach). The Pinot Noir’s concentration and maturity adds distinctive notes of ‘fruit liqueur’ (raspberry) and aromas of roasted almonds and gingerbread.

In the mouth, the attack is voluptuous—it is both intense and amazingly light; a concentrated blend of fruit based on chalky freshness and firm, but well-integrated tannins that strengthen the wine’s precision and appeal. The ensemble is very harmonious, beautifully integrated, and gives an impression of natural fullness, which is both refined and profound.

Cristal Rosé 2006 is a perfect evocation of the ripe fruit of the 2006 vintage gathered from the chalky terroirs of the Cristal Rosé vineyards.

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, comprising 20% of wine vinified in wood (oak tuns), which undergoes weekly bâtonnage (stirring by hand); it is not subjected to malolactic fermentation.
Louis Roederer’s Rosé champagnes are always produced using the saignée (bleeding) process after cold maceration for 5 to 8 days in the liquid phase. The Cristal Rosé cuvée is aged, on average, for 6 years in Roederer’s cellars and left for 8 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain the perfect balance.

Dosage: varies from 8 to 10 g/l depending on the vintage.

This is fantastic with lobster and beluga caviar, or a gourmet salad: lobster and foie gras. It also works with seared salmon or poached sea trout.

Serve at 12°C

One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2006 Cristal Rosé is simply stunning. A vertical, towering wine, the 2006 Cristal Rosé is a thrill a minute, with a compelling interplay of aromatics and exquisitely layered fruit, all supported by a real feeling of phenolic intensity. While the 2007 is seductive, the 2006 is virile and imposing, with the statuesque lift of a Giacometti sculpture. All the elements meld together in a complete, alluring Champagne that will continue to drink beautifully for many decades. In 2006, the Pinot Noir was already being farmed biodynamically, while the Chardonnay was still under conversion.

— Antonio Galloni

98/100 (May 2015)

The 2006 Rose by Cristal is incredible fresh with such smooth light bubbles and considering its youthful age what a great success this is.

The Cristal Rose never fails to impress and there is absolutely no surprise that so many people consider this the best Rose in the World.

Such refinement and class, with deeply concentrated Pinot Noir and lightly pinker colour than usual with delicious wild berries and strawberries appearing as you taste it first and enjoy this amazing Champagne.

Such beautiful wild fruit scents while remaining floral, spicy, with hints of pastry dried fruit.

I find many similarities to the famous 2002 Rose hinting that the 2006 has all the traits and features to develop into another future classic Rose Vintage. The food pairing on this occasion was French Oysters, followed by a delightful main course of Lobster Risotto. We ended with homemade raspberry pie.

— Alex_Champagne

97+/100 (February 2016)

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Weight150 kg

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