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  • Food Pairing

    Pea Soup with Foie Gras

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2008

95 Points "The 2000 Cristal Rose emerges from the glass in a stunning display of well-articulated aromas and flavors. Everything in is perfect balance as this perfumed wine opens up in the glass in a style that recalls the weightless transparency of a great Burgundy. The finish is long, sweet and incredibly refined. I came back to the bottle several hours after opening, and the wine had blossomed into an extraordinary Champagne."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 01, 2008

95 Points "Orange-pink in color, this a super-rich rosé. The flavors are of orange zest, citrus and red currants, with a beautiful contrast of hazelnuts. The texture, round and succulent, is still able to offer minerality and a crisp aftertaste."

Quarterly Review of Wines - December 2008

Best of Show of 5-Star Prestige/Cuvee Rose Champagnes: "Wholly entrancing, with big, bold, smoky, red berry and toasted nut flavors that never quite quit."

San Francisco Chronicle - Lynne Char Bennett - February 01, 2008

3.5 Stars (Excellent "This is the rarest Champagne produced by Louis Roederer. Delicate, elegant and finessed, it has orange blossom, a touch of mushroom, rye seed and high-toned notes balanced with red fruit wrapped around an incisively acidic backbone. The subtle, complex aromas and flavors end with a creamy finish. Will improve with time, up to 20 years or more."

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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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Vintage 2000


CRISTAL 2000 Rosé

HARVESTS
After growth got off to a flying start at the end of April beginning of May, flowering took place from 9-12 June. Rainfall in July was four times higher than average but August was quite sunny. The vineyards of Verzy, Verzenay, Aÿ and Epernay, were hit by a violent hail storm in July which destroyed approximately 45 hectares of vines.
Morale was running low at the beginning of September. The vines were slow to mature due to bad weather. The soil was completely sodden. However, thanks to fine weather that held throughout the month of September the first juices registered 9.5° and even 10°, and acidity between 7.5 and 8. Nothing short of miraculous!
For the first time in recorded history, the vintage started in all three regions on the same day: 18 September. The sun shone for the duration of the picking which lasted two weeks, and the harvest remained of remarkable quality from beginning to end.
Unflagging attention, frequent quality controls, new picking sequences every day, and exceptionally healthy grapes: all these factors reflect the painstaking work of the growers and their skill in producing grapes capable of yielding great wines.

ELABORATION
55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.
Cristal is produced using only the finest vintages from crus guaranteed to originate from the Louis Roederer vineyard. The wine is left to mature on yeast for an average of five years and spends a minimum period of eight months in the cellar after disgorgement.

DOSAGE: low at 10 g/l.
The "liqueurs de dosage" are prepared with the greatest of care from a selected blend of 8 to 10 of the very best crus from the Louis Roederer vineyard and then left to age in oak.

TASTING
Colour: sustained golden yellow tones shimmering with luminous green highlights and ultra-fine, energetic bubbles.
Nose: an intense, precise but exquisitely subtle nose, opening with dominant aromas of fresh almonds and sweet-smelling flowers then revealing riper nuances of lush vine peaches, white chocolate, caramel and a sprinkling of lightly toasted hazelnuts.
Impressive Palate: the attack on the palate is sensual and fleshy with an almost caressing mouthfeel.
More mineral notes come through on the mid-palate - testament to this Champagne’s deliberately low dosage - supported by a refreshing crispness that carries an impression of delicacy rather than strength. The overall effect is one of precise elegance, a wine perfectly poised between the structure of the Pinot Noir and the finesse of the Chardonnay, marrying roundness and vinosity with a sense of freshness and verve. The finish is long and deliciously refreshing, underscored by harmonious, lightly caramelised notes of the year’s great wines aged in wood.
Overall impression: from the outset, the Cristal Vintage 2000 asserts its finesse, balance and aromatic complexity - ripe, precise and persistent but also light, refined and masterfully subtle.

Serve at a temperature of 8°C (46°F) to 10°C (50°F). We recommend that you leave the bottle to cool in the refrigerator for 2 H. Alternatively, immerse the bottle up to its neck in a champagne bucket filled with ice before serving. Never cool the bottle in the freezer since this breaks the wine.

AS A COMPLEMENT TO FOOD:
The strength and finesse of Cristal are perfectly suited to delicate foods. It is a flattering accompaniment to caviar, fish and shellfish such as scallops, John Dory, lobster and crayfish.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Salmon and Bright

ending

Long, Round and Lingering

flavors

Apricot, Mineral, Floral and Dried-fruit

nose

Open

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Light, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

Cristal Rosé requires an average maturation period of 5 years on the lees.  Like all Louis Roederer champagnes, after being disgorged, it is left for another six months to allow for perfect blending.

Beautiful glowing almost yellow colour with orange hues. Stylish, not very rosé-like nose. Waxy and layered; dried fruits.  Stylish, rich and full bodied palate that is already surprisingly open and enjoyable. Chewy and muscular with a great acidic backbone. Well built. Medium autolytic influence and a long finish. Very youthful with more nuances and a better harmony to gain.

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Peel contact from very old Pinot vines at Aÿ! Apart from this leading village one notices Cumières, Verzy and Verzenay as well as Chardonnay from Le Mesnil, Oger and Avize. The dosage with 11 grammes of sugar is stored in oak barrels as usual. I am immediately utterly lyrical! This wine asserted itself well with its exemplary, early summer, positive attitude to life, even when considered beside the famous 88. Just as good as the 99.

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2000  ( Louis Roederer )

Cristal Rosé requires an average maturation period of 5 years on the lees.  Like all Louis Roederer champagnes, after being disgorged, it is left for another six months to allow for perfect blending.

Beautiful glowing almost yellow colour with orange hues. Stylish, not very rosé-like nose. Waxy and layered; dried fruits.  Stylish, rich and full bodied palate that is already surprisingly open and enjoyable. Chewy and muscular with a great acidic backbone. Well built. Medium autolytic influence and a long finish. Very youthful with more nuances and a better harmony to gain.

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2000  ( Louis Roederer )

Peel contact from very old Pinot vines at Aÿ! Apart from this leading village one notices Cumières, Verzy and Verzenay as well as Chardonnay from Le Mesnil, Oger and Avize. The dosage with 11 grammes of sugar is stored in oak barrels as usual. I am immediately utterly lyrical! This wine asserted itself well with its exemplary, early summer, positive attitude to life, even when considered beside the famous 88. Just as good as the 99.

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