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Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2006 ChampagneMore vintages: 2002, 2007, 2009Louis Roederer, the largest independent, family-managed champagne maker is the fortunate proprietor to 235 hectares of sublimely located vineyards and Cristal Rosé is the rarest champagne that Louis Roederer produces. When it does occur, it is produced according to the highest standards of winemaking, requiring a rigorous selection of crus, vintages, grapes and wine. The best grapes from Louis Roederer own Grand Cru vineyards, primarily those of Aÿ for the Pinot Noir, and Le Mesnil sur Oger and Avize for the Chardonnay, contribute exclusively to the cuvée Cristal Rosé. Exceptionally, these vines lie on limestone soil and in the best years, achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Uniquely, the vineyards today are cultivated according to biodynamic principles.
The 2006 vintage was a very warm year with contrasting rainfall conditions. September's hot, dry weather accelerated fruit maturation and produced distinctive, rich and complex grapes. Twenty percent of the wines are vinified in oak barrels and Cristal Rosé is matured for six to seven years in the cellar and rests for eight months after disgorgement to perfect its balance.
This wine is a salmon pink hue with bright golden tints and a persistent stream of fine bubbles. It's rich on the nose with summery fresh fruits of red currants and peaches. The palate is full and voluptuous, both intense and amazingly delicate; a concentrated blend of fruit with well-integrated tannins that strengthen the wine's precision and appeal. The Pinot Noir's concentration and maturity adds distinctive notes of raspberry. Cristal Rosé 2006 is a perfect example of the ripe fruit of the 2006 vintage gathered from the chalky terroirs of the Cristal Rosé vineyards.
Grape Varieties: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Dosage: 8 to 10 g/L
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“Medium-deep cherry colour, more depth than usual. Developing berry dominant nose with toast and cream emerging beautifully. Fresh, soft, succulent palate with very smooth mousse and a perfectly balanced dosage. The warmth of the year comes through in the ripe character.”
“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.”
“Still so fresh, this is fruity, yes, but it has such a depth of flavor with its red fruits the starting point for an adventure in tastes and textures. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards, it is ready to drink, although it will age in bottle for many years”
The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Louis Roederer wine-searcher.com, 18th December 2014
Louis Roederer Overview
Established in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the last great independent family-run Champagne Houses. Today it is run by Frédéric Rousaud, CEO who is the seventh generation of the Roederer family. His right hand-man, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon the Chef de Cave has been creating stunning wines at Roederer since 1999. As a winemaker, Jean-Baptiste is very proud of his craft and declares that at Roederer "we don't blend we combine" and says "I love art, and like a great painter we add colour rather than blending it".
Being in the enviable position of owning the majority of their own vineyards, they are able to experiment as well as supply 70 percent of the grapes to produce non-vintage wines and 100 percent of the vintage wines, which is very rare in Champagne today. The experimentation has led them to create and manage some biodynamic vineyards for nearly ten years. Although they are not looking to get certification, the resulting wines have produced some amazing flavours and created some wonderful additions to the resultant blends.
From the beginning Louis Roederer wanted to create the best Champagne he could and felt that the way to do that was to own his vineyards, and not, like most other Houses, buy in grapes from growers. This strategy led him to acquire some of the finest land in the region and today it amounts to some 240 hectares of Grand and Premier Cru Vineyards in the Marne. This belief that great wine depends on the quality of the soil is still part of their philosophy today.
Each small parcel is hand-picked and pressed on the harvest site then vinified separately so as to keep the true character intact. Each of the lots is then tasted several times until blending, when they are chosen for their unique characters to create the perfect Roederer style.
In the 1870s, Louis Roederer began exporting his wines to the USA and Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The Tsar was a suspicious man and believed his enemies might try to tamper with his beloved Champagne to get rid of him. He thought that the traditional Champagne bottle with the punt at the bottom could perhaps conceal a bomb and the glass being so dark could camouflage the addition of poison. So in 1876, the very first Prestige Cuvée Champagne was created exclusively for the Tsar and the iconic Cristal was born. Placed in an iconic bottle with a flat base made from clear crystal, the Tsar was happy that bombs and poison would not come between him and the enjoyment of his favourite tipple.
Cristal is now not just for the Tsar of Russia but little has changed in terms of how it is produced. Jean-Baptiste only creates Cristal from the finest vintages and therefore it is not created every year and when it is, production is tiny. The blend is usually 55 per cent Pinot Noir and 45 per cent Chardonnay from only the best rated sites of Champagne Louis Roederer's vineyards. Cristal is released after six years ageing in the Reims cellars and is the benchmark for luxury champagnes.
For everyday drinking the Louis Roederer Brut Premier is produced with the same care and attention to detail. The style is created from eight different harvests, utilizing all three Champagne grape varieties from more than 40 different plots. The final blend is matured for three years in the cellar and rested for six months after disgorgement to perfect maturity.
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