Louis Roederer `Cristal Brut` 2004 (6 x 750mL), Champagne, FR.

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Overview

The palate is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot and mango. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft (typical of great Pinot Noir) is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, bringing 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

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

The 2004 Louis Roederer Cristal was always going to have a tough gig, following the universally acclaimed 2002, but this is another brilliant wine. The gangsta rappers may have gone off Cristal but wines like this vibrant, linear, ethereal, yet complex effort, which just dances across the palate, ensures that true Champagne lovers never will. Ken Gargett The Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (Dec/Jan 2011)

Another on-form Cristal, and a handy follow-up to the 2002, this has a mix of piercing precision and smooth, supple richness - like shooting a laser through a silk stocking! Fine brioche and sweet-pastry aromas here, fresh alomond and nougat, sweet spring flowers and fine minerals and citrus. The palate has a sense of openness but is still tightly structured and taut: silky and integrated on entry, brioche flavours and a mix of lemon and peach fruits, then laser-like acid pins it in place, through to a sherbet-like finish. Long and satisfying. Rating 96 & 3 glasses - Nick Stock, Good Win Guide 2011

Floral, citrus and spice aromas and flavours are at the forefront of this filigree, delicate Champagne, which is harmonious and well-defined, with a long after taste of roasted nut and toast. Very dry. Drink now through 2028 Wine Spectator(Dec/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

Grape Varietals

Pinot Noir 55%, Chardonnay 45%

Appearance

Brilliant yellow in colour displaying light amber nuances, combined with a n ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence.

Aroma

There is an intense, highly expressive bouquet initially. The aromatic elegance and precision of the Chardonnay is apparent: white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes, the aromas change to more confit, lightly grilled hints. The bouquet is rich and sweet, almost generous yet refined.

Palate

The palate is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot and mango. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft (typical of great Pinot Noir) is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, bringing the wine alive with minerality. The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavours, senses and silky textures. Absolute sensuality!

Food Matching

Serve chilled (8-10 degrees Celsius). Richly aromatic, Louis Roederer Cristal is an exquisite aperitif or celebratory Champagne. The strength and finesse of Cristal makes it an excellent accompaniment to delicate dishes including shellfish such as scallops, lobster and crayfish, John Dory fish and caviar.

Vintage
2004
Region
FRA - Champagne
Grape Style
Champagne
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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Champagne Louis Roederer, founded in 1776, remains one of the very rare family Champagne businesses. For two centuries, six succeeding generations have been inspired by the same concern for quality. Frederic Rouzaud took up the reins in early 2006 from his father Jean-Claude Rouzaud who remains Chairman of the Board. Jean-Claude, grandson of Madame Camille Olry-Roederer and himself a trained Oenologist had led the company for 38 years, and is referred to as the 'Sage' of Champagne (the wise man of Champagne).

Frederic has spent the past 10 years working with his father in all areas of production and business and will bring his great business acumen and academic background to the company. Louis Roederer is unique in Champagne owning two-thirds of the vineyards for their total production covering the Pinot Noir sub regions of "Montagne de Reims" and "Vallee de la Marne" with Chardonnay from the "Cotes des Blanc". By 1995, recent acquisitions had increased Louis Roederer's holding from 180 hectares to almost 190 hectares, ranking 97.5% on the offi cial classifi cation scale.

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