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  • Decanting time

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  • Food Pairing

    foie Gras Terrine with Toasted Brioche and Fig Chutney

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - May 20, 2015

98+ Points "Still a baby, the 2004 Cristal Rosé has begun to put on considerable weight over the last few years, which only serves to balance the focus and tension that have always been present. Even at eleven years of age, the 2004 Cristal Rosé remains tightly wound and a touch austere at times. Hints of orange peel, white pepper and cranberry add an exotic flair on the deeply expressive finish. Readers who can find the 2004 should not hesitate, as it is simply stunning by any measure."

 

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - October 01, 2014

98 Points BEST WINES OF THE YEAR "Few of the noble wines of the world have the effortless grace of Cristal Rose. The pinot noir for the blend, planted in the 1960s, grows in the center of the slope in Aӱ. Its flavor are more focused on the soil than fruit, as if the vines are bent on extracting the scent of fossilized seashells from the limestone their root explore, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon blends the pinot noir with 40 percent chardonnay from Avize, creating a wine with flavor that reach the horizon line, and ethereal fragrance that last for minutes after each taste, bright, weightless, elusive and grand."

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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 2004

Cristal 2004 Rosé

HARVESTING:
A classic, generous year, yielding both quantity and quality. 2004 followed the same climatic trends as 2002 : cool, moderate temperatures throughout the season, a considerably reduced, and rainfall (by about 30%) during the growing cycle, which, despite a particularly cold and rainy month of August, was fortunately followed by a dry and sunny September, ripening the grapes off impressively. The Louis Roederer vineyard team worked intensively in this period, and by the
20th September the grapes had attained a “vintage” balance, combining maturity and freshness.

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 specific characteristics, located on the finest 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:
Cristal Rosé 2004 is precise, racy and balanced.

ELABORATION:
60% Pinot noir - 40% Chardonnay – 20% of the wines vinified 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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

flavors

Vanilla, Violet, Toasty, Truffles and Tropical fruits

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Balanced, Multi-dimensional, Full-bodied, Elegant, Toasty and Perfumed

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Pale peachy Fresh, mineral, zesty yet fruity, delicate nose with minty notes and gorgeous underlying toastiness Restrained and refined, light-weight palate with energy and drive, gorgeous acidic backbone Tight and mouth-watering Superbly smooth-textured and succulent 2015-2030 Epitome of elegance
  • 95p
Pale salmon with tiny bubbles. Some red fruit notes, apples and yeast, very pure feel. Less red berry fruit than some. Fresh acidity, elegant and somewhat intense mousse, you just don't notice it. Superb length and balance, long. One part says drink now while the freshness and red berry notes are evident, on the other hand the 64 Rosé says its no hurry.
  • 94p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2004  ( Louis Roederer )

"Pale peachy Fresh, mineral, zesty yet fruity, delicate nose with minty notes and gorgeous underlying toastiness Restrained and refined, light-weight palate with energy and drive, gorgeous acidic backbone Tight and mouth-watering Superbly smooth-textured and succulent 2015-2030 Epitome of elegance"

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94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2004  ( Louis Roederer )

"Pale salmon with tiny bubbles. Some red fruit notes, apples and yeast, very pure feel. Less red berry fruit than some. Fresh acidity, elegant and somewhat intense mousse, you just don't notice it. Superb length and balance, long. One part says drink now while the freshness and red berry notes are evident, on the other hand the 64 Rosé says its no hurry. "

4y 8m ago

95p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2004  ( Louis Roederer )

"Cristal 1981 amazing"

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2004  ( Louis Roederer )

"2008 Is very promising vintage for Romanee Conti."

5y 4m ago

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