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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 2008 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,349.50
    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: £1,349.50
    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 2013 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £964.30
    2013

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2013 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (98)

    I've revisited Roederer's 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 2 98.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £964.30
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2005 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,648.30
    2005

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2005 (3x75cl)

    Wine Enthusiast (96)

    A beautifully balanced wine that exudes elegance as well as richness. It is drier than previous vintages of Cristal Rosé, yielding a bright, crisp and layered wine. Red fruits are married with orange zest and tight acidity. It can be drunk now, but it is a young wine and will certainly age well through 2022.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 96.0 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,648.30
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,510.30
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    One of the highlights in this tasting, 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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    ~1 week

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,510.30
    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 2009 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,674.70
    2009

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2009 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    A wine of sublime delicacy and finesse, the 2009 Cristal Rosé is simply magnificent. The 2009 is surprisingly refined, silky and nuanced for a wine from a warm vintage. The red and floral-infused overtones are quite attractive, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that places it among the best new releases of the year. Over the years, I have had the chance to taste many vintages of Cristal Rosé, a Champagne that needs bottle age to be at its very best. I suspect that will be the case here as well. Don't miss it.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 2 97.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,674.70
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,572.70
    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: £1,572.70
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2013 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,558.30
    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 99.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,558.30
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Brut 2007 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,674.70
    2007

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Brut 2007 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The 2007 Cristal Rosé opens with the most captivating, extraordinary bouquet imaginable. Sweet, exquisite and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2007 is intense yet weightless, with extraordinary overall balance and remarkable finesse. Today, the 2007 Cristal Rosé is a wine of pure seduction. There is little doubt the 2007 is a great Cristal Rosé in the making. This is the first vintage in which all of the fruit was farmed according to biodynamic principles. According to winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, biodynamic farming has brought increased aromatic presence in the fruit and also given the Pinot a bit more intensity than normal, so much so that in 2007 the blend is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay as opposed to the 60/40 split that has been more typical over the years. In 2007, the fruit was picked in August, which is also unusual, but bud break got off to an early start, so the growing season turned out to be longer than the classic 100-day period that is typical from bud-break to harvest. All of that means the 2007 Cristal Rosé is a much more classic-feeling wine that one might have expected.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 97.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,674.70
    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 2008 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,116.00
    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: £1,116.00
    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 2013 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £795.00
    2013

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2013 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (98)

    I've revisited Roederer's 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 2 98.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £795.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2005 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,365.00
    2005

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2005 (3x75cl)

    Wine Enthusiast (96)

    A beautifully balanced wine that exudes elegance as well as richness. It is drier than previous vintages of Cristal Rosé, yielding a bright, crisp and layered wine. Red fruits are married with orange zest and tight acidity. It can be drunk now, but it is a young wine and will certainly age well through 2022.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 96.0 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,365.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,250.00
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    One of the highlights in this tasting, 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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    ~1 week

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,250.00
    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 2009 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,387.00
    2009

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2009 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    A wine of sublime delicacy and finesse, the 2009 Cristal Rosé is simply magnificent. The 2009 is surprisingly refined, silky and nuanced for a wine from a warm vintage. The red and floral-infused overtones are quite attractive, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that places it among the best new releases of the year. Over the years, I have had the chance to taste many vintages of Cristal Rosé, a Champagne that needs bottle age to be at its very best. I suspect that will be the case here as well. Don't miss it.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 2 97.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,387.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,302.00
    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: £1,302.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2013 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,290.00
    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 99.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,290.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Brut 2007 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,387.00
    2007

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Brut 2007 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The 2007 Cristal Rosé opens with the most captivating, extraordinary bouquet imaginable. Sweet, exquisite and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2007 is intense yet weightless, with extraordinary overall balance and remarkable finesse. Today, the 2007 Cristal Rosé is a wine of pure seduction. There is little doubt the 2007 is a great Cristal Rosé in the making. This is the first vintage in which all of the fruit was farmed according to biodynamic principles. According to winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, biodynamic farming has brought increased aromatic presence in the fruit and also given the Pinot a bit more intensity than normal, so much so that in 2007 the blend is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay as opposed to the 60/40 split that has been more typical over the years. In 2007, the fruit was picked in August, which is also unusual, but bud break got off to an early start, so the growing season turned out to be longer than the classic 100-day period that is typical from bud-break to harvest. All of that means the 2007 Cristal Rosé is a much more classic-feeling wine that one might have expected.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 3x75cl 1 97.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,387.00

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