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  • Country ranking ?

    896
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    10 min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Chicken Caesar Salad

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
1 098€ +18.2% 929€ -5.6% 984€ -4.7% 1 032€ +49.8% 689€ +183.5% 243€ +117.0% 112€

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

34 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Gold and Bright

ending

Long, Gentle and Round

flavors

Vanilla, Bread, Waxy, Toasty, Smoky and Mineral

nose

Intense, Complex, Seductive and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, High alcohol content, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Good texture, Developing, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Elegant, Round and Dry

Written Notes

For a long time this wine was undeveloped and young. At the age of twenty-two years, however, all its bits and pieces are in the right places. The nose is wonderful, with its elegance and peachy intensity. Now there are also delicious notes of roasted lobster shell and black truffles. The taste is superb, with an incredibly rich, exotic fruitiness. The height of elegance together with nutty, smoky complex maturity.
  • 97p
There were three more ‘79s to go, though, and they were three of Champagne’s finest. The 1979 Louis Roederer Cristal was distinctively Cris. It was very bready, with fine, sweet vanilla wafer, smoke, orange rind and crème brulee aromas in the nose. The palate was rich and heady with a sweet, oily core and an aggressive ‘burnt’ edge in the mouth. Very full-bodied, this ’79 was quite wild on the palate, sporting earth and weed flavors, but they were balanced by pleasing caramel, sweet margarine and yellow corn ones. Bruce hailed it as ‘great and staggering.’ There was a hint of celery, veggie goodness here. At first, the Cristal was all over the place, almost too complex, or as Todd put it, ‘a little furry.’ It really rounded out with some time in the glass, its sweetness reined itself in, and it got oily, kinky and sexy, three of my favorite things when they are enjoyed simultaneously
  • 95p
Only 1972 Cristal was not made in the 1970s, which was a good decade for quality Champagne. Cristal 1979 is a blend of 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay, with 10% oak fermented, and was harvested in early October rather than the usual mid–September. This magnum was disgorged in 1984. Still plenty of fizz in the glass, which bodes well until the first sniff…A grubby, unpleasant nose that continues in the mouth. Another bottle was much nicer – honeyed, still crisp, and a very pleasant Cristal.
  • 85p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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97p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cristal 1979  ( Louis Roederer )

"For a long time this wine was undeveloped and young. At the age of twenty-two years, however, all its bits and pieces are in the right places. The nose is wonderful, with its elegance and peachy intensity. Now there are also delicious notes of roasted lobster shell and black truffles. The taste is superb, with an incredibly rich, exotic fruitiness. The height of elegance together with nutty, smoky complex maturity."

1y 4m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal 1979  ( Louis Roederer )

"There were three more ‘79s to go, though, and they were three of Champagne’s finest. The 1979 Louis Roederer Cristal was distinctively Cris. It was very bready, with fine, sweet vanilla wafer, smoke, orange rind and crème brulee aromas in the nose. The palate was rich and heady with a sweet, oily core and an aggressive ‘burnt’ edge in the mouth. Very full-bodied, this ’79 was quite wild on the palate, sporting earth and weed flavors, but they were balanced by pleasing caramel, sweet margarine and yellow corn ones. Bruce hailed it as ‘great and staggering.’ There was a hint of celery, veggie goodness here. At first, the Cristal was all over the place, almost too complex, or as Todd put it, ‘a little furry.’ It really rounded out with some time in the glass, its sweetness reined itself in, and it got oily, kinky and sexy, three of my favorite things when they are enjoyed simultaneously"

1y 11m ago

85p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Cristal 1979  ( Louis Roederer )

"Only 1972 Cristal was not made in the 1970s, which was a good decade for quality Champagne. Cristal 1979 is a blend of 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay, with 10% oak fermented, and was harvested in early October rather than the usual mid–September. This magnum was disgorged in 1984. Still plenty of fizz in the glass, which bodes well until the first sniff…A grubby, unpleasant nose that continues in the mouth. Another bottle was much nicer – honeyed, still crisp, and a very pleasant Cristal. "

2y 4m ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal 1979  ( Louis Roederer )

"The 1979 Roederer Cristal took immediate charge and quickly became everyone’s wine of the night. Its nose oozed butterscotch city. It got a ‘f*%king great’ from someone, likely Bad Boy. There were some secondary gingerbread cake aromas, along with toast, melted butter and caramel. The palate was razor sharp at first, fresh and zippy though mellowing over time, but a lot of time, like an hour. Bad Boy hailed it as ‘a perfect bottle,’ and its vim and vigor seconded that emotion. One of the Botrytis Brothers hailed it as ‘the best Champagne I ever had’ (97)."

4y 3m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal 1979  ( Louis Roederer )

"Dinner started with a couple of less spectacular than usual Cristals. The 1979 Roederer Cristal had a grassy nose with white n yellow sugared fruit. It was a bit Dom-ish and Oeno-ish which is not the usual Cristal style. Still excellent, this is usually superior (94). "

4y 8m ago

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