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  • Country ranking ?

    970
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    CALLOP AND TRUFFLE CANAPES

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - May 20, 2015

98 Points "The 2006 Cristal Rosé is simply stunning. A vertical, towering wine, the 2006 Cristal Rosé is a thrill a minute, with a compelling interplay of aromatics and exquisitely layered fruit, all supported by a real feeling of phenolic intensity. While the 2007 is seductive, the 2006 is virile and imposing, with the statuesque lift of a Giacometti sculpture. All the elements meld together in a complete, alluring Champagne that will continue to drink beautifully for many decades. In 2006, the Pinot Noir was already being farmed biodynamically, while the Chardonnay was still under conversion."

 

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 01, 2014

95 Points "Still so fresh, this is fruity, yes, but it has such a depth of flavor with red fruits the starting point for an adventure in tastes and texture. Produced Roederer's own vineyard, it is ready to drink, although it will in bottle for many years."

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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 2006

2006 was a very warm year, featuring contrasting rainfall conditions. After an unusually cool and rainy August, September’s warm, dry weather accelerated fruit maturation and produced distinctive, rich, and complex grapes.

ELABORATION
A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, comprising 20% of wine vinified in wood (oak tuns), which undergoes weekly bâtonnage (stirring by hand); it is not subjected to malolactic fermentation.
Louis Roederer’s Rosé champagnes are always produced using the saignée (bleeding) process after cold maceration for 5 to 8 days in the liquid phase. The Cristal Rosé cuvée is aged, on average, for 6 years in Roederer’s cellars and left for 8 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain the perfect balance.

DOSAGE : varies from 8 to 10 g/l depending on the vintage.

STYLE
Three words evoke this wine’s style: refreshing, lively, and silky.

TASTING
A salmon pink hue with bright golden tints.A persistent stream of fine bubbles.
A summery bouquet of fresh fruit, with the right balance of sweetness and acidity (red currants and vine peach). The Pinot Noir’s concentration and maturity adds distinctive notes of ‘fruit liqueur’ (raspberry) and aromas of roasted almonds and gingerbread. The attack is voluptuous—it is both intense and amazingly light; a concentrated blend of fruit based on chalky freshness and firm, but well-integrated tannins that strengthen the wine’s precision and appeal. The ensemble is very harmonious, beautifully integrated, and gives an impression of natural fullness, which is both refined and profound.
Cristal Rosé 2006 is a perfect evocation of the ripe fruit of the 2006 vintage gathered from the chalky terroirs of the Cristal Rosé vineyards.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015
276€ +16.9% 236€

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Written Notes

The Cristal Rosé cuvée is aged, on average, for 6 years in Roederer’s cellars and left for 8 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain the perfect balance.

Deep shade of salmon pink . A fresh nose: primary shade of fresh fruit with aromas of minerals and roasted almons. Pinot Noir domination is present, but the wine is still very young. Perfectly rich structure and very harmonious mouth-feel hold promises of graceful aging and of a firm and an elegant entity.

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cristal Rosé 2006  ( Louis Roederer )

The Cristal Rosé cuvée is aged, on average, for 6 years in Roederer’s cellars and left for 8 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain the perfect balance.

Deep shade of salmon pink . A fresh nose: primary shade of fresh fruit with aromas of minerals and roasted almons. Pinot Noir domination is present, but the wine is still very young. Perfectly rich structure and very harmonious mouth-feel hold promises of graceful aging and of a firm and an elegant entity.

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