Louis Roederer Cristal 2007 Champagne

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Louis Roederer Cristal 2007 - 75cl Louis Roederer Cristal 2007 - 75cl   £169.95 £173.95 £174.95
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In 1876, Russia's Tsar Alexander II - a 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. So Louis Roederer offered him an exceptional crystal bottle, containing the fruit of vines selected from the seven great crus on his estate. This cuvée would be offered in only the truly 'great' years in which the ripeness of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes could provide the subtle, precise balance that have now become the distinction of the leading prestige cuvée of Champagne.

Cristal is a blend of Grand Cru biodynamically-farmed vineyards from the Reims mountains. An unusually warm spring in 2007 led to early flowering and favourable conditions in September allowed the production of a fair crop size. Twenty percent of the wines blended are vinified in oak barrels and the final product is matured for 5 years in cellars and rests for 12 months after disgorging.

With 58% Chardonnay, it is slightly more Chardonnay-dominant than the norm. Initially surprisingly powerful on the nose, it opens up even further on the palate, displaying a richly complex character previously unseen from a 2007 vintage Champagne. Judging by its early reviews from two of the most renowned wine critics, Cristal 2007 has already surpassed its prequel and may just well go on to be one of the all-time great Cristal's. This is truly incredible work from Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon with what was previously considered to be an average vintage.

Grape Varieties: 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay
Dosage: 9 g/L

Louis Roederer Cristal 2007 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
Louis Roederer Cristal
Louis Roederer Cristal
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Jul 2015
18/20
“With a first course of scallops and chestnut velouté at Pichon Lalande. Smoky nose. Extremely tight and lemony. Very definitely for the long term. Hold!”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Apr 2016
92/100
“Early approachability is a main feature of this Cristal, which is laudably open and friendly upon release. Truly Cristal in style, bright and discreetly intense, feeling even light in its focused, taut acidity. Still, there is caressing roundness on the palate of exemplary silky smoothness. Not the most obviously impressive of vintages but an intriguing one, one that has hidden depths. Dosed at 9,5g/l.”
Stephan Reinhardt,
RobertParker.com,
Jun 2016
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95/100
“Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon calls Cristal "the first terroir cuvée of the Champagne." He furthers, "It’s not just Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, but the chalk that brings the ultimate finesse, length and precision of Cristal." Forty-five blocks with averaging age of 43-years-old, low-yielding vines form the base of Cristal, which is usually made of approximately 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Due to an early bud break (end of March) and the wet summer, the 2007 was picked at the end of August, so almost 100 days after the flowering instead of the normal 93-95 days. There is a bit less Pinot Noir than usual (57%) and accordingly, more Chardonnay (43%) in the 2007 Cristal. This Champagne comes along in a golden color and with a deep and matured, yet well-defined bouquet of ripe yellow fruits and honey notes. Full-bodied, round and very complex, the generous 2007 is a perfect mix of ripe fruit and precise minerality. It is a silky textured, pure and precise, as well as powerful and expressive Champagne. It has great tension and grip in the very long and persistent finish. Great expression of chalk. The 2007 was disgorged in 2015. The 2009 is to be released in September; the 2008 won't be in the market earlier than January 2018. Neither a 2010 nor a 2011 will be released, but a 2012.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Jul 2015
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97/100
“Long-time Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon has produced yet another in a string of superb Champagnes with the 2007 Cristal. Rich, powerful and enveloping, the 2007 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. The aromatics alone are captivating, but then the wine opens on the palate, revealing layer after layer of flavor to match a multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic personality that will leave Champagne lovers weak at the knees. The 2007 is 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, which is to say a bit more Chardonnay-leaning than is the norm. The 2007 is striking today, but it should also age effortlessly for several decades. It is also without question one of the very finest new releases of the year.”
Bought directly 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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