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Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne (Millésimé) 2014

This Champagne basically spells luxury
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Primary Notes:

Secondary Notes: Vanilla

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity:

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Champagne, France

Maker: Louis Roederer

Grape: Pinot Noir / Pinot Nero Blend

Fermentation: Steel Only

Awards: >95 pts

Decanting:

Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 8 - 10 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Peking duck, dimsum, Sashimi, XLB

Western Food Pairing: Roasted lamb, seafood, Ceviche

Description

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne (Millésimé) 2014

Note: Comes without gift box

Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne is the flagship cuvée from Louis Roederer created in 1876. Golden yellow colour with glistening gold tints – spells the word “luxury”. It has an incredibly dynamic effervescence that is so lively, you can almost hear it. Powerful and complex on the palate, revealing a mixture
of yellow fruit (mirabelle plum), juicy, ripe fruits (nectarine), citrus peel (candied orange) and finely-roasted nuts(hazelnut). The nose is simultaneously powdery and sweet, with elegant, chalky notes. Gentle, tactile and full-bodied on the palate. The bubbles create a gentle, vibrating sensation, then the wine becomes soft, dense and juicy. But it is the chalky freshness that quickly sets the tone: the sweetness becomes energetic and intense, giving the wine an elegant yet powerful texture. Fine, textured tannins reveal a poised and vinous dimension to the wine. The finish is savoury and saline. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

The perfect embodiment of chalky purity, Cristal 2013 is a little restrained in its youth. Its perfumed finesse and great elegance draw their energy this year from the slow ripening of the grapes. This is a masterfully crafted wine, glowing and concentrated, which leans towards the soil, reflecting the salinity of its terroir as never before.
1/3 vineyard of «La Rivière» (i.e la Vallée de la Marne)
1/3 vineyard of «La Montagne» (i.e la Montagne de Reims)
1/3 vineyard of «La Côte» (i.e la Côte des Blancs)
2013 was characterised by a particularly late growing cycle. A seemingly endless winter was followed by a very cool, late spring. They had to wait until the start of July for flowering to begin - something they hadn’t seen in Champagne for quite some time! Fortunately, summer was glorious with plenty of sunshine, record high temperatures and very low rainfall, ideal for the ripening of the Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. The temperatures were cool for the October harvest and the resulting wines are elegant and fresh - the signs of a classic vintage.



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AWARDS & ACCOLADES


- 98 Points
As the first 100% biodynamic Cristal, entirely from Roederer-owned vineyards, this is an important milestone. This latest incarnation is a great Champagne with its density, elegance and poise. Still impressively young, the wine is taut, tightly wound and textured. At the same time, it has pure, ripe white and citrus fruits that are perfumed, and an important part of this wine’s long-term future. Drink at the earliest from 2023. Organic and biodynamic. *Cellar Selection."

This is quite chalky with firm phenolics that frame the wine beautifully. It’s medium-to full-bodied with strawberries and earth. Dense, linear and intense. Hints of brioche and pie crust at the end. Very structured and gorgeous. Salty and lightly chewy. One third of the base wines fermented and aged in oak. Connoisseur Champagne. From organic vineyards of the Roederer domains. Smaller production than normal. Seven years on the lees. Give it two or three years to open.
 - 97 Points
Notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and warm brioche introduce the 2013 Cristal, a full-bodied, layered and incisive wine that's taut and chiseled but also notably exuberant in a vintage that I admire immensely but which can sometimes present an austere side. Deep, concentrated and penetrating, it's complemented by a pinpoint mousse and concludes with a long, saline finish. Less introverted than its 2012 predecessor, readers won't regret trying a bottle of the 2013 Cristal young—even if I'd recommend forgetting some for a decade too.

Exotic hints of tangerine and candied ginger are an enticing entrance for this vivid Champagne, accenting a finely meshed range of ripe green apple and cassis fruit, with rich notes of chopped almond, brioche and lemon curd. An underscoring streak of salinity gains momentum through the mouthwatering finish, echoing as it rides the plushly creamy mousse. This is decadence in a sleek and graceful package. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2033. From France.