Louis Roederer Cristal Vinoteque Rose 1996 75 cl

The second vintage to be released under the Vinotheque expression, Cristal Vinothèque Rose 1996 celebrates the astonishing story of the quest for perfect harmony, where a very small number of bottles were stored in the Louis Roederer cellars for 20 years. This cuvée is bottle-aged for 10 years before being left to rest for a further 10 years after disgorging

After a cold, grey winter, 1996 was characterised by low rainfall throughout the growing cycle. This drought caused all of the Champagne varietals, especially the Chardonnay, to produce small grapes. This resulted in low yields which aided ripening and fruit concentration. September was relatively cool yet very sunny, with a few rainy spells which enabled the grapes to ripen well and develop high levels of sugar and acidity.

The traditional grape tasting at harvest time astonished us all as, in addition to the excellent sugar-acidity balance, we had small, concentrated berries with an aromatic maturity rarely seen in Champagne. All of the criteria for a “vintage” year were confirmed on the 21 September when harvesting began. Limited to only 200 gift boxed bottles worldwide this is an extremely rare and exclusive Champagne.

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SKU: LRCVR-1996 Category: Tag: Product ID: 4843


To the eye, Light rose gold hue with delicate copper tints. The bubbles are fine, steady and remarkably delicate.

Complex bouquet combining dried fruit, hazelnuts and cocoa beans with intense, concentrated notes of lemon.

On The nose, reveals delicate, velvety red fruit notes and a hint of raspberry lique.

A long period of lees ageing has imparted notes of sugared almonds and roasted pine nut

In the mouth, On the palate the wine is generous, serene and silky-smooth. The freshness of the limestone comes to the fore and transforms the texture into a veritable kaleidoscope of sensations and aromas. Roasted, smoky and almost malty notes blend with a profound freshness and intense, concentrated yet delicate notes of lemon and uma.

Dosage: 6 to 12 g/L

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 10-12°C

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Weight5 kg