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    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Dark

ending

Long, Lingering and Vibrant

flavors

Bread, Apricot, Mineral, Citrus and Dried-fruit

nose

Pure, Complex, Fresh and Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Well-structured, Complex, Developing, Light, Round, Harmonious, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Impressive and Outstanding

Written Notes

The '75 is impressive and intense. If asked to taste this blind, I'd probably say it was a '76 with its full, oily, low-acidic, mature taste. The Pinot grapes are very dominant here. Gorgeous nuttiness. Sweet great house style and pronounced concentration. A uniform, chocolate toffee-tasting 2007.
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There is a lot of variability in the 1975s. The vintage witnessed a late bud break and hot summer weather. Lack of direct sunshine post-poned the harvest, which averaged fairly high at 9082 kg/ha. There was attractive fruit intensity and high acidity, which should account for long-lived wines. Cristal alongside Clos des Goisses are in a remarkably youthful form today with no rush to open them. Clean, pure and fruity attractively developing nose. Fresh spicy and bready aromatics. Lightness of autolytic characters combined to lemony tartness makes the wine appear incredibly youthful and lively. Small sized bubbles on the mousse contribute to the feeling of roundness. Elegant, charmingly fruity wine with an acidic spine that can age harmoniously for another 10 years or more.
  • 95p
Top fill, tight cork. Towards golden, tiny bubbles. Flint, beeswax, minerals, smoke, floral, getting fresher and tighter with air, more focused. Stunning balance, fresh acidity, almost apricot stones, a bit lean finish, very long.
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cristal 1975  ( Louis Roederer )

"The '75 is impressive and intense. If asked to taste this blind, I'd probably say it was a '76 with its full, oily, low-acidic, mature taste. The Pinot grapes are very dominant here. Gorgeous nuttiness. Sweet great house style and pronounced concentration. A uniform, chocolate toffee-tasting 2007."

1y 6m ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal 1975  ( Louis Roederer )

"There is a lot of variability in the 1975s. The vintage witnessed a late bud break and hot summer weather. Lack of direct sunshine post-poned the harvest, which averaged fairly high at 9082 kg/ha. There was attractive fruit intensity and high acidity, which should account for long-lived wines. Cristal alongside Clos des Goisses are in a remarkably youthful form today with no rush to open them.
Clean, pure and fruity attractively developing nose. Fresh spicy and bready aromatics. Lightness of autolytic characters combined to lemony tartness makes the wine appear incredibly youthful and lively. Small sized bubbles on the mousse contribute to the feeling of roundness. Elegant, charmingly fruity wine with an acidic spine that can age harmoniously for another 10 years or more.
"

1y 9m ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Cristal 1975  ( Louis Roederer )

"Top fill, tight cork. Towards golden, tiny bubbles. Flint, beeswax, minerals, smoke, floral, getting fresher and tighter with air, more focused. Stunning balance, fresh acidity, almost apricot stones, a bit lean finish, very long. "

4y 8m ago

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal 1975  ( Louis Roederer )

"Essi's Bday party. Crissy 75 rocks!!"

5y 28d ago

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