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  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    sushi

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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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005 2000 1995
813€ +29.9% 626€ +9.6% 571€ +8.3% 527€ +47.2% 358€ +63.5% 219€ +75.2% 125€ +43.7% 87€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

29 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Gold and Bright

ending

Long, Smooth and Lingering

flavors

Toasty, Mushrooms, Coffee, Creamy and Caramel

nose

Intense, Complex, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Concentrated, Balanced, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Fresh, Harmonious and Dry

Verdict

Well-rounded and Impressive

Written Notes

Perhaps a little thinner than usual, but it contains the entire range of aromas. The lovely nose includes elements of lilies, apricot, and nut chocolate. Very reminiscent of the lovely Dom Pérignon from the same vintage with Domain-roasted coffee overtones. Certain bottles are however starting to wilt.
  • 92p
A 1978 Louis Roederer Cristal was a rare treat; it is a vintage that has mostly been consumed and not collected, but it held up well. It was much more mature than the ’82, a sign of the ‘82s quality, and ready to go. There was still some light spritz here, and mature carob and caramel flavors. Rob called it ‘clean,’ although I found a bit of back alley water to it along with garden flavors.
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Bottle with normal size. Looking amber, gold and bright. Intense, refined and charming on the nose. The taste is harmonious, elegant, refined, fresh, concentrated and dry. With caramel, mushrooms and toasty flavor.
- (Created by Tb)
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cristal 1978  ( Louis Roederer )

"Perhaps a little thinner than usual, but it contains the entire range of aromas. The lovely nose includes elements of lilies, apricot, and nut chocolate. Very reminiscent of the lovely Dom Pérignon from the same vintage with Domain-roasted coffee overtones. Certain bottles are however starting to wilt."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal 1978  ( Louis Roederer )

"A 1978 Louis Roederer Cristal was a rare treat; it is a vintage that has mostly been consumed and not collected, but it held up well. It was much more mature than the ’82, a sign of the ‘82s quality, and ready to go. There was still some light spritz here, and mature carob and caramel flavors. Rob called it ‘clean,’ although I found a bit of back alley water to it along with garden flavors."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal 1978  ( Louis Roederer )

"A 1978 Louis Roederer Cristal was a rare treat; it is a vintage that has mostly been consumed and not collected, but it held up well. It was much more mature than the ’82, a sign of the ‘82s quality, and ready to go. There was still some light spritz here, and mature carob and caramel flavors. Rob called it ‘clean,’ although I found a bit of back alley water to it along with garden flavors."

2y 28d ago

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