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    1 614
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Carpaccio of scallops & rock salt

The Story

The composition of Cristal is approximately 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. The grapes used in the wine come from only the finest vineyards in Grand Cru villages. Lecaillon talks about the crucial role that vineyards play in quality:
“A majority of our most recent development has been in vineyard operations. We have strict limits set for crop yields and we're using vines that are 25 years old on average. We evaluate the grapes coming from our own vineyards very critically. We try to improve the vineyards that aren't performing well and keep the ones that are at the highest level of quality.

 

The grapes from our own vineyards produce wines with an alcohol content that’s an average of 1% higher than those produced with purchased grapes. There’s less tart malic acid in our own grapes. Even though we strive for the highest possible acidity, it’s absolutely necessary that this is accompanied by a ripe fruitiness. We belong to the five-percent minority of Champagne's producers who do not use malolactic fermentation to reduce wine acidity. The range of aromas is accentuated by the high-acid structure, much in the same way a salad dressing brings out the aromas in the food.
“And we stopped using cloned vines - we're only using the vine offspring from our own vineyards to ensure natural diversity. In the 1950s, -60s and -70s cloning was far too simple a solution for such a complex thing." Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon explained

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Vintage 1973

As for vintages, blancs de blancs (made with white grapes), crémants and pink champagnes, they continued to find favour amongst champagne lovers, but non-vintage has remained the backbone of production. There have been some exceptional vintages, notably 1947, 1955, 1964, and 1973, with some people also including 1961 and 1975. Here is a list, up to 1983, of the all the years in which a vintage was generally declared since the start of Second World War: 1941, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979. Some houses also produced a vintage in 1974 and 1978. In 1983, the wines of 1980, 1981 and 1982 seemed likely to be declared vintages, but since 1980 and 1981 were both years in which the production was comparatively small, there is little chance that this will occur on a large scale.

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Gentle and Round

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Vigor and Elegant

Written Notes

Owing to overproduction in the early 1970s, the '73 is a little lacking in concentration. The structure is relaxed and the unusually thin taste is dominated by an almond aroma.
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The last Champagne on this night was an excellent but advanced 1973 Roederer Cristal. Bad Boy offered an interesting theory on why more old Cristals tended to be advanced than any other fine Champagne – the clear glass. If they used a dark green glass like Dom Perignon and Krug etc, it would prevent more premature aging. That made a lot of sense. The Cristal’s nose was mature and toasty, and its palate was full of tasty caramel flavors. It was still zippy and got better in the glass, coming across in a lush manner with a vibrating finish. It was too bad that this bottle wasn’t perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it (94A).
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cristal 1973  ( Louis Roederer )

"Owing to overproduction in the early 1970s, the '73 is a little lacking in concentration. The structure is relaxed and the unusually thin taste is dominated by an almond aroma."

1y 6m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal 1973  ( Louis Roederer )

"The last Champagne on this night was an excellent but advanced 1973 Roederer Cristal. Bad Boy offered an interesting theory on why more old Cristals tended to be advanced than any other fine Champagne – the clear glass. If they used a dark green glass like Dom Perignon and Krug etc, it would prevent more premature aging. That made a lot of sense. The Cristal’s nose was mature and toasty, and its palate was full of tasty caramel flavors. It was still zippy and got better in the glass, coming across in a lush manner with a vibrating finish. It was too bad that this bottle wasn’t perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it (94A)."

4y 7m ago

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal 1973  ( Louis Roederer )

"Wonderful Dom Perignon tasting, 16 vintages agains other great champagnes from the same vintages and the best champagne was 1979 Pommery Cuvée Louise:)..average 98 points!...very close 1973 Cristal and Dom Perignon 1996 enoteque."

5y 13d ago

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