The story of Cristal dates back to 1876 when Tsar Alexander II asked Louis Roederer to create a cuvée for his personal use, which was to be unique in all respects. The very finest wines from the seven greatest plots on the estate were to be selected in only the best years for inclusion in this highly select cuvée. The resulting blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay would be bottled in a clear Crystal bottle: a Champagne icon was born.
The 2007 vintage, on offer for the first time today, is the product of “a mostly warm year, characterised by unexpected and major weather events. A warm spring was followed by a cool summer. Drought had returned by the end of August. The end of the ripening process was excellent, and the harvest took place in ideal conditions.”
The blend in 2007 is 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, with 15% of the wine matured in oak barrels. All grapes come from Grand Cru villages and the wines spend 60 months on their lees before disgorgement. Dosage is 9 grams / litre.
“A pale golden hue with slightly yellow-tinted and warm highlights, and impeccably fine, regular, and dynamic bubbles. Its classic bouquet is both elegant and discreet. The attack of juicy white fruits (Pear Williams) and slightly acid red fruits (redcurrants) combined with nuances of Tarte Tatin fresh from the oven. After a few minutes in the glass, notes of white chocolate and hazelnuts emerge, resulting from the fermentation in wood of some of the wines. There is a juxtaposition of aromas of ripe, acid, and sweet fruits with the more roasted notes from ageing will become more pronounced over time, giving a real expression of depth. The attack in the mouth is concentrated and continues with mature fruits. The wine is prolonged with smoky flavours, once again creating the expression of natural depth. The texture is silky, velvety, and almost luscious; the perfect overtone to the wine’s freshness in a luscious and sensual ensemble. Powdery and salty nuances stimulate the edges of the tongue, adding a precise and energetic quality. The final phase of the tasting is predominantly an impression of refinement and lightness.” Champagne Louis Roederer
“Welsh gold, filigreed stream of tiny bubbles; great Chardonnay scents, freshly citrus made complex by dried fruits and hazelnuts; exquisite mouth-feel, delicate yet rounded; chalky Pinot then announces its presence with notes of yellow peach and subtle vinosity. Creamy and seductive with air. Lovely.” 18.5/20 Michael Edwards, Decanter Magazine.