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    Cristal

    About Cristal

    Cristal is the flagship cuvée of Maison Louis Roederer and has a history of its own that is more fascinating than that of many entire rival houses. Originally produced in 1876, Cristal was released following two decades of the increasing popularity of Champagne in Russia. Louis Roederer in particular was a favourite amongst the Russian aristocracy, with around a third of their wine being shipped directly to the grand houses and imperial palaces of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

     

    The period of Alexander II's reign saw sustained political instability, and the Tsar became increasingly fearful of assassination. Determining that the most likely method of his demise would be an explosive hidden behind the dark green glass of his favourite Champagne bottles, preparations were made for the finest wines Louis Roederer could offer to be presented in clear glass bottles.

     

    Over 150 years later and Cristal is still one of, if not the, greatest expression of Champagne to be made. Modern winemaking techniques and a very talented, industrious team at Louis Roederer mean that the recent iterations of this vinous legend are amongst the very greatest ever made. Consistently challenging the title of wine of the vintage each year, Cristal is rightfully the pinnacle of Champagne.

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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,390.30
    2002

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The 2002 Cristal is now entering its first plateau of maturity, which makes it a terrific Champagne for drinking now. Hints of apricot, brioche, lemon confit, honey, hazelnut, baked apple tart and spice give the 2002 striking layers of nuance. Rich and generous, the 2002 show plenty of the natural opulence of the year and yet retains terrific freshness as well. As always, Cristal is a blend of Pinot from Ay, Verzenay, Verzy and Beaumont sur Vesle, and Chardonnay from Mesnil, Cramant and Oger. Dosage is 9 grams per liter. This is the original 2010 disgorgement. What a wine.
    1 In Stock

    Champagne 3x75cl 2 100.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,390.30
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,652.58
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (97)

    Fantastic from the start. A colossal power of beautiful rumbling Pinot maturity. It’s like chewing on the ripest grapes from Aÿ and Verzenay. At the same time ultra stylish: unmistakable Cristal essence of peach and mango sweetness, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, sprightly acidity and citrus blossom. Many similarities with 2002 but with a clearer Pinot touch.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 6x75cl 3 97.0 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,652.58
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,353.10
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (3x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (100)

    The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 100.0 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,353.10
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,386.98
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (100)

    The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 6x75cl 2 100.0 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,386.98
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)
    Inc. VAT: £8,127.44
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)

    Vinous (98)

    The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x600cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £8,127.44
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £960.70
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    1-2 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £960.70
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,760.58
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    ~1 week

    Champagne 6x75cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,760.58
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,668.30
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    The finest rendition of this cuvée that Lécaillon has produced to date—and, indeed, one of the finest wines produced by any of Champagne's important houses in the last two or three decades—is the 2008 Cristal Rosé, a brilliant wine that derives from a mere four of the 45 plots that are candidates for inclusion in Cristal: two blocks of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, one of Chardonnay from Mesnil and another from Avize, and I suspect that its origin in the crème de la crème of Roederer's Cristal-worthy holdings has even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the delicate infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild strawberries, tangerine, warm pastry and crisp green orchard fruit, the 2008 is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a racy but beautifully integrated spine of acidity, a multidimensional core and a searingly chalky and laser-focused finish. Impeccably balanced and harmonious, this superb wine represents one of the qualitative peaks of this great vintage. It will be seven or eight years until it truly starts to blossom, but its benchmark quality is already glaringly apparent.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 100.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,668.30
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,577.50
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (99)

    This is a great vintage for Cristal Rosé. The pinot noir finds a band of power and expressiveness. The power here is impressive, very assertive and rich, really mouth-filling and super deep. This is exceptional and has intense, chalky and fresh, white-peach and nectarine aromas, underpinning red flowers and pink fruit. The palate has a scintillating blend of flesh and mineral cut, packed with such sweet, pristine, white-strawberry flavor and texture. This has such incredible potential. So exciting. Will take another two or threw years to resolve. Look out for this! Drink from 2025.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,577.50
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2013 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,477.90
    2013

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2013 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99)

    A candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors in Champagne, Roederer's 2013 Cristal Rosé is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, red berries, stone fruit, freshly baked bread and tangerine oil. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, the vintage's bright girdling acids are amply cloaked in exuberant, expressive and notably concentrated fruit; so while this Cristal is as tensile and age-worthy as one would expect, it's also impressively fleshy and generous given the year. Concluding with an intensely sapid finish, the 2013 isn't as overtly structured as the muscular, tightly wound 2012: rather, it's the 2013's alliance of cut and flesh, precision and charm that's so compelling this year. This is another banner vintage for what I consider the reigning champion of the region's tête de cuvée bottlings, and it will be worth an effort to acquire.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 99.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,477.90
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,435.03
    1999

    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x75cl)

    James Suckling (98)

    The nose has such beautiful, autolysis character with brown-mushroom and toasted-almond aromas. The nose has still-fresh lemons and oyster shell, with . Very smooth, pastry-like texture on the palate with even layers and a core of fresh lemons and peaches. The striking thing here is the balance and melted-together complexity. In a very great place. This spent seven years sur latte, seven sur pointe and was disgorged in 2014. Drink now.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x75cl 1 98.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,435.03
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,150.00
    2002

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The 2002 Cristal is now entering its first plateau of maturity, which makes it a terrific Champagne for drinking now. Hints of apricot, brioche, lemon confit, honey, hazelnut, baked apple tart and spice give the 2002 striking layers of nuance. Rich and generous, the 2002 show plenty of the natural opulence of the year and yet retains terrific freshness as well. As always, Cristal is a blend of Pinot from Ay, Verzenay, Verzy and Beaumont sur Vesle, and Chardonnay from Mesnil, Cramant and Oger. Dosage is 9 grams per liter. This is the original 2010 disgorgement. What a wine.
    1 In Stock

    Champagne 3x75cl 2 100.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,150.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,360.00
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (97)

    Fantastic from the start. A colossal power of beautiful rumbling Pinot maturity. It’s like chewing on the ripest grapes from Aÿ and Verzenay. At the same time ultra stylish: unmistakable Cristal essence of peach and mango sweetness, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, sprightly acidity and citrus blossom. Many similarities with 2002 but with a clearer Pinot touch.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 6x75cl 3 97.0 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,360.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,119.00
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (3x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (100)

    The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 100.0 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,119.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,972.00
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)

    Jeb Dunnuck (100)

    The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 6x75cl 2 100.0 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,972.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)
    In Bond: £6,750.00
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)

    Vinous (98)

    The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x600cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £6,750.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £792.00
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    1-2 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £792.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,450.00
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    ~1 week

    Champagne 6x75cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,450.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,215.00
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    The finest rendition of this cuvée that Lécaillon has produced to date—and, indeed, one of the finest wines produced by any of Champagne's important houses in the last two or three decades—is the 2008 Cristal Rosé, a brilliant wine that derives from a mere four of the 45 plots that are candidates for inclusion in Cristal: two blocks of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, one of Chardonnay from Mesnil and another from Avize, and I suspect that its origin in the crème de la crème of Roederer's Cristal-worthy holdings has even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the delicate infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild strawberries, tangerine, warm pastry and crisp green orchard fruit, the 2008 is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a racy but beautifully integrated spine of acidity, a multidimensional core and a searingly chalky and laser-focused finish. Impeccably balanced and harmonious, this superb wine represents one of the qualitative peaks of this great vintage. It will be seven or eight years until it truly starts to blossom, but its benchmark quality is already glaringly apparent.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 100.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,215.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,306.00
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (99)

    This is a great vintage for Cristal Rosé. The pinot noir finds a band of power and expressiveness. The power here is impressive, very assertive and rich, really mouth-filling and super deep. This is exceptional and has intense, chalky and fresh, white-peach and nectarine aromas, underpinning red flowers and pink fruit. The palate has a scintillating blend of flesh and mineral cut, packed with such sweet, pristine, white-strawberry flavor and texture. This has such incredible potential. So exciting. Will take another two or threw years to resolve. Look out for this! Drink from 2025.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,306.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2013 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,223.00
    2013

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2013 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99)

    A candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors in Champagne, Roederer's 2013 Cristal Rosé is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, red berries, stone fruit, freshly baked bread and tangerine oil. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, the vintage's bright girdling acids are amply cloaked in exuberant, expressive and notably concentrated fruit; so while this Cristal is as tensile and age-worthy as one would expect, it's also impressively fleshy and generous given the year. Concluding with an intensely sapid finish, the 2013 isn't as overtly structured as the muscular, tightly wound 2012: rather, it's the 2013's alliance of cut and flesh, precision and charm that's so compelling this year. This is another banner vintage for what I consider the reigning champion of the region's tête de cuvée bottlings, and it will be worth an effort to acquire.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 99.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,223.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,193.00
    1999

    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x75cl)

    James Suckling (98)

    The nose has such beautiful, autolysis character with brown-mushroom and toasted-almond aromas. The nose has still-fresh lemons and oyster shell, with . Very smooth, pastry-like texture on the palate with even layers and a core of fresh lemons and peaches. The striking thing here is the balance and melted-together complexity. In a very great place. This spent seven years sur latte, seven sur pointe and was disgorged in 2014. Drink now.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x75cl 1 98.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,193.00

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