Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 Champagne

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Louis Roederer Cristal
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Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 - Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L   £1,195.00
Champagne Louis Roederer Overview
In 1876, Russia's Tsar Alexander II, a long-time lover of Louis Roederer wines, asked the producer to create a special cuvée for his personal use which was unique in both its style and bottle design. Dissatisfied with standard champagne bottles that concealed the beautiful colour and effervescence from the eye, he requested that his personal cuvée be served in transparent crystal glass bottles with a flat bottom to foil the insertion of explosives by would-be assassins. Thus, Louis Roederer selected the best vines from seven Grand Crus on his estate and Cristal, the first prestige cuvée, was born.

Now world-famous, Cristal is produced only from the truly great vintages in which the ripeness of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes can provide the subtle and precise balance that is now the distinction of this cuvée. Between 20-30% of the wines are vinified in oak barrels and the final blend is matured for six years in the cellars and rests for twelve months after disgorgement. Recently, the Cristal vineyards have been converting to biodynamic farming methods and the House estimates that by 2020 all Cristal plots will be cultivated biodynamically.

Weather: The 1996 vintage was a standout year: one of, if not the, best of the last twenty. A warm beginning to June followed by a cooler end provided favourable growing conditions and the weather fluctuation resulted in staggered flowering of the Chardonnay grapes. September was sunny but mild with light scattered showers creating incredible grape maturation with high sugar and acidity levels. This unique sugar/acidity balance combined with small, concentrated berries revealed an aromatic depth rarely seen in Champagne.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Ageing: 5 years on the lees
Disgorged (bottle): 2002
Disgorged (magnum): 2003
Dosage: 11 g/l
Drink: 2013-2028

Tasting Note: A matured yellow colour boasting flowing, delicate bubbles. The nose is rich with ripe fruit aromas of peaches and apricots. In the mouth, you can really taste the concentrated Chardonnay and it has a fresh, lingering finish. This is a remarkably well-balanced champagne and it is ageing wonderfully, still very youthful and surely one of Roederer's best ever.
Louis Roederer Cristal
Jancis Robinson MW,
Oct 2015
“Tasted blind. Disgorged 2003. From the secondary market; stored in Octavian since purchase from UK importer.
Toasty nose with a strong refreshing green streak. Very tight and tense, really dancing and sensational. Long and utterly gorgeous and flirtatious. Finishes dry but only after dancing a dance on the palate. Tight and exciting. I thought it was the magnum (though had some difficulty registering this on my iPhone) and it was.”
Antonio Galloni,
Oct 2014
“The 1996 Cristal is another highlight in a tasting full of thrilling wines. Cristal is all about finesse, nuance and understatement, all of which come through in spades here. Hints of apricot jam and wild flowers are laced into the soft, super-expressive finish.”
Antonio Galloni,
Nov 2010
“Even though Cristal is typically very appealing upon release, the truth is that it needs serious cellaring to reveal its pedigree. Several recent bottles have been breathtaking. The aromatics, fruit and acidity are all beautifully woven together in this fabulous Cristal.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
Aug 2007
“Magnum. 61% PN, 39% Chardonnay. 3% oak fermentation.
A green hint. Tangy and very vibrant and nervy and vivacious. Very tight and firm and tightly laced like a corset. More depth and extract than in the ‘99 – very nerveux. About as much astringence as the 1999, still. Very firm. Very fine and tight and angular. This should make spectacular old bones – if it’s allowed to.”
Wine Enthusiast,
Wine Enthusiast,
Nov 2003
“A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant, offering citrus, pastry, biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture. Great structure for aging.”
Stephen Tanzer,
Nov 2002
“Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange, flowers and honey supported by strong underlying structure. An amazingly solid Champagne with the stuffing for extended development in bottle.”
Bought from Bordeaux Index in April 2015 and they purchased it from Louis Roederer's UK agent MMD, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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