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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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    9 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2000 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,012.46
    2000

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2000 (1x150cl)

    Jancis Robinson (18)

    This is only the sketchiest of notes as I tasted this wine quite separately from the wines below, in a much less propitious glass. It seemed very very youthful and not especially structured. Obviously far too young to drink though I fear that won’t stop most Cristal drinkers popping the cork.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 1 96.0 (JR) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,012.46
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £764.06
    2004

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (1x150cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The 2004 Cristal is superb today. Bright and focused, the 2004 shows all of the tension and energy that has always been one of its signatures. The first hints of aromatic maturity are starting to develop, but the 2004 remains quite young and full of energy. I have always admired the 2004 (along with the best wines of the vintage) for its focus. In this bottle, the interplay of freshness from the recent 2018 disgorgement and richness gained through added time on the lees (which also results in lower dosage of 7 grams per liter) opens another window into the personality of Cristal. In 2004, the Pinot Noir is 57%, or a bit lower than normal, while the Chardonnay at 43% is correspondingly a touch higher.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 2 97.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £764.06
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £700.46
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (1x150cl)

    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 1x150cl 2 97.0 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £700.46
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,157.66
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)

    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 1x150cl 18 100.0 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,157.66
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £720.86
    2009

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 (1x150cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Champagne 1x150cl 2 97.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £720.86
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,132.46
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (1x150cl)

    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:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,132.46
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,332.86
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (1x150cl)

    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.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Champagne 1x150cl 2 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,332.86
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,387.66
    1999

    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x150cl)

    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 1x150cl 1 98.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,387.66
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 2000 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,150.06
    2000

    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 2000 (1x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    Disgorged four years ago, with four grams per liter dosage, after a decade sur lattes and six years sur pointes, the 2000 Cristal Vinothèque bursts with notes of golden orchard fruit, mandarin, white flowers and iodine. Full-bodied, ample and powerful, with a deep and layered core, lively acids and a beautifully pearly mousse, it's a long, sapid Champagne that's showing very well today. As Lecaillon observes, the Vinothèque is the house's riposte to "everyone who says Cristal is released too young—with the Vinothèque releases, we've exaggerated the aging process to make Cristal more powerful and more dramatic." And this release is certainly a formidable effort in a vintage impacted by hail in the Montagne de Reims.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 6 95.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,150.06
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2000 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £838.00
    2000

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2000 (1x150cl)

    Jancis Robinson (18)

    This is only the sketchiest of notes as I tasted this wine quite separately from the wines below, in a much less propitious glass. It seemed very very youthful and not especially structured. Obviously far too young to drink though I fear that won’t stop most Cristal drinkers popping the cork.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 1 96.0 (JR) Read Review/Description In Bond: £838.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £631.00
    2004

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 (1x150cl)

    Vinous (97)

    The 2004 Cristal is superb today. Bright and focused, the 2004 shows all of the tension and energy that has always been one of its signatures. The first hints of aromatic maturity are starting to develop, but the 2004 remains quite young and full of energy. I have always admired the 2004 (along with the best wines of the vintage) for its focus. In this bottle, the interplay of freshness from the recent 2018 disgorgement and richness gained through added time on the lees (which also results in lower dosage of 7 grams per liter) opens another window into the personality of Cristal. In 2004, the Pinot Noir is 57%, or a bit lower than normal, while the Chardonnay at 43% is correspondingly a touch higher.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 2 97.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £631.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £578.00
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 (1x150cl)

    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 1x150cl 2 97.0 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £578.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £959.00
    2008

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)

    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 1x150cl 18 100.0 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £959.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £595.00
    2009

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 (1x150cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Champagne 1x150cl 2 97.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £595.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £938.00
    2006

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 (1x150cl)

    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:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 1 98.0 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £938.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,105.00
    2012

    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012 (1x150cl)

    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.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Champagne 1x150cl 2 99.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,105.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,984.00
    1999

    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 1999 (1x150cl)

    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 1x150cl 1 98.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,984.00
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 2000 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,786.00
    2000

    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Brut 2000 (1x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    Disgorged four years ago, with four grams per liter dosage, after a decade sur lattes and six years sur pointes, the 2000 Cristal Vinothèque bursts with notes of golden orchard fruit, mandarin, white flowers and iodine. Full-bodied, ample and powerful, with a deep and layered core, lively acids and a beautifully pearly mousse, it's a long, sapid Champagne that's showing very well today. As Lecaillon observes, the Vinothèque is the house's riposte to "everyone who says Cristal is released too young—with the Vinothèque releases, we've exaggerated the aging process to make Cristal more powerful and more dramatic." And this release is certainly a formidable effort in a vintage impacted by hail in the Montagne de Reims.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Champagne 1x150cl 6 95.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,786.00

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