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Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - November 2010

100 Points One of the best Cham "There is no singular flavor, but rather a resonant chord, a series of oppositions that create the invisible intensity of an electric current, the power of the charge balanced by the elegance of the flavor and the structure of the wine. You could describe it as light and brisk, or bold and intense; either way you'll still be tasting it ten minutes later."

Wine & Spirits - Peter Liem - November 2010

100 Points "Elegant and exquisitely detailed, the ’02 Cristal Rosé is the finest rosé Champagne currently on the market."

 

Quarterly Review of Wines - July 01, 2010

Wine of the Year "There is no doubt: The best wine tasted this year was the 2002 Roederer Cristal Rosé ... This wine was a rare experience, and eclipsed all the others we tasted — not just Champagne! ... It’s sensuous, with soft salmon color, and a seductive frothiness that bursts on the palate. There is a mosaic of flavors: pear, cherry, raspberry, vanilla, toasted nuts, and a bit of lime. There’s a rich and refined Pinot Noir and Chardonnay character. And there’s brioche, almonds and cream on the ultra-long, richly textured finish."

 

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - December 2009

95+ Points "The bouquet is beautifully woven into a fabric of layered, ripe fruit. With some time in the glass, the wine’s textural beauty becomes more apparent, but this is a Champagne that needs bottle age."

 

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - November 30, 2009

90 Points "This is very fruity, boasting apple, cherry and berry flavors, making it open and approachable. There's concentration as well, with a vibrant structure and a berry aftertaste."

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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 2002

2002 HARVESTING:
An extraordinary year that brought together all the factors that make for a great Champagne year: constantly warm temperatures without excessive heat or sun preceded by a markedly mild winter; a reduction in rainfall (about 20%) during the growth cycle; cool nights and a cold dry north-easterly wind from August to September. These exceptionally favourable conditions combined meant that the grapes matured perfectly and their fl avours were nicely concentrated.
Harvesting started 12 September for the chardonnays with an average sugar concentration superior to 11% natural alcohol.

PRODUCTION:
In 1974, nearly 200 years after the creation of the Maison Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create Cristal Rosé. To do this end, he selected old vine pinot noir grapes, according to specifi c characteristics, located on the fi nest of the Aÿ vineyards. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with clay and limestone soil and in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today these vines are organically
grown.
STYLE:
Clearly imbued with the Cristal style, this wine has purity, fruit, fi nesse and incomparable harmony. In three words: proud, rich, and luxurious.
ELABORATION:
60% Pinot noir - 40% chardonnay – 20% of the wines vinifi ed in oak barrels with weekly
batonnage. No malolactic fermentation. To create Rosé champagnes, Louis Roederer still uses the saignée method after cold maceration that can last 5 to 8 days in the liquid phase. Cristal Rosé is matured 6 years in the cellar and rests for 8 months after disgorgement to perfect its maturity. Dosage of between 8 and 10 g/l is adapted to each vintage.

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Tasting note

color

Light, Salmon and Pale

ending

Long, Pure and Flavorful

flavors

Raspberry, Apricot, Toasty, Caramel, Violet and Mineral

nose

Intense, Refined, Fresh and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Fresh, Harmonious and Dry

Verdict

Well-rounded and Sophisticated

Written Notes

It's all here in a youthful attire. Very similar to the charming white edition with a touch more creaminess and slightly more attack in the finish. A thoroughly fantastic wine.

  • 96p
Nose: delicately fragrant, red fruit purity, mineral Palate: wonderful acid line, vivacious In a nutshell: so elegant Final verdict: One of the finest
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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 Rosé 2002  ( Louis Roederer )

It's all here in a youthful attire. Very similar to the charming white edition with a touch more creaminess and slightly more attack in the finish. A thoroughly fantastic wine.

8m 11d ago

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2002  ( Louis Roederer )

"Nose: delicately fragrant, red fruit purity, mineral

Palate: wonderful acid line, vivacious
In a nutshell: so elegant

Final verdict: One of the finest"

4y 10m ago

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