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    239
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

Cristal Rosé was first born a hundred years after the original Cristal, in 1974. It is an intriguing and particular prestige cuvée rosé, as it has the palest colour, yet a contrastingly fleshy, fruity, well-built palate of amazing freshness. Its secret is in the 60 per cent Pinot Noir from two hectares of Roederer’s own old-vine vineyards in Aÿ, Bonotte-Pierre-Robert and La Côte du Moulin, which are now cultivated according to biodynamic principles. It is these ripe, concentrated grapes that give the wine its delicate hue via the saignée, or bleeding method. Then 30 per cent of Côte des Blancs Grand Cru Chardonnay from Le Mesnil sur Oger and Avize is added to give spine and elegance.

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14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Salmon and Pale

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Apricot, Toasty, Honey, Mineral and White fruits

nose

Intense, Refined, Pure and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Complex, Balanced, Concentrated, Medium-bodied, Firm, Ripe, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Well-rounded and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Exceptional beauty and perfection combined in a wonderful way where that which is perfect is never sexless. My winner when the 10 most eminent Cuvée Prestige Rosés on the market were lined up blind in front of my nose. I did in fact get them all right but it took a long time before I had found them all. However it only took a second to find this beautiful Cristal. One of the most superior wines in the world!

  • 96p

It is always fun to taste Cristal versus Cristal Rose, especially when 1996. The last time I did this side by side, it was a real horse race, but now the Rose has pulled ahead. The 1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose was another sizzler, rock solid from first smell to its finish. There was so much strawberry goodness, and it didn’t suffer from being overly dry as many young Roses can. Its acidity sparkled (97).

  • 97p
Very pale peachy colour. Fragrant, nuanced, bright toffee, fine tuned nose, very acidic, linear, lovely. Long
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Blancs

Brut Nature

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Carte Blanche Demi-Sec

Carte Blanche Sec

Cristal

Cristal Rosé Vinothèque

Cristal Vinothèque

Vintage

Vintage Blanc de Blancs

Vintage Rosé

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 1996  ( Louis Roederer )

Exceptional beauty and perfection combined in a wonderful way where that which is perfect is never sexless. My winner when the 10 most eminent Cuvée Prestige Rosés on the market were lined up blind in front of my nose. I did in fact get them all right but it took a long time before I had found them all. However it only took a second to find this beautiful Cristal. One of the most superior wines in the world!

7m 8d ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 1996  ( Louis Roederer )

It is always fun to taste Cristal versus Cristal Rose, especially when 1996. The last time I did this side by side, it was a real horse race, but now the Rose has pulled ahead. The 1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose was another sizzler, rock solid from first smell to its finish. There was so much strawberry goodness, and it didn’t suffer from being overly dry as many young Roses can. Its acidity sparkled (97).

8m 19d ago

97p
 Cashile Pienaar / Sommelier, Pro (South Africa)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 1996  ( Louis Roederer )

"Fragrant, fine-tuned nose with bright fruitiness, toffee, ripe peach and honey"

1y 8m ago

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 1996  ( Louis Roederer )

"Very pale peachy colour. Fragrant, nuanced, bright toffee, fine tuned nose, very acidic, linear, lovely. Long"

4y 8m ago

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