Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 Champagne

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Louis Roederer Cristal
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Champagne Louis Roederer Overview
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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 2009 vintage was a continental, sunny year with a real winter that was very cold and dry followed by a glorious sun-filled summer and almost no rain in August and September. The harvest was incomparable in terms of quality and produced consistent, fresh and crunchy grapes.

News Article: Read more about Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 in our review of the October 2016 launch event here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: 2019-2035

Tasting Note: A golden hue with a fine stream of bubbles. The nose has hints of citrus and candied apricots. On the palate a toasted nuttiness combines with seductive hints of vanilla. This is a champagne full of energy in its youthful stage, but with bundles of possibility if left to develop. Incredible ageing potential.
Louis Roederer Cristal
Richard Hemming MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2017
17+/20
“Impressive nose – still very compact, but there is a lovely range of fresh yeasty flavour here, and loads of tangy apple fruit. Saline and savoury on the finish, which has good persistence and purity. Needs time. (RH)”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Aug 2017
19/20
“45 parcels of pure chalk. See this report on a vertical tasting of Cristal. The idea is to capture the purity of chalk. Naturally low yields, high ripeness and low pH. The 45 parcels are always fermented separately. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. They retain only the best for Cristal. They have twice used all 45 parcels: in 2015 and 2002. Often 30-35 parcels make it. No malo. 40% of the parcels are biodynamic. Cristal spends one more year on the lees than Roederer vintage champagne. They released 2009 before 2008. There can be four different disgorgement dates for Cristal.
Tense and lifted on the nose. So very different from the vintage: much more finesse. Racy and elegant. Masses of acidity and tension. Lighter in texture than the vintage. A racy thoroughbred. So refined but very youthful.
Drink 2020-2032”
Antonio Galloni MW,
VinousMedia.com,
Jul 2017
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96/100
“Rich, creamy and radiant, the 2009 Cristal captures all of the natural generosity of the vintage while also retaining a good bit of freshness and aromatic intensity. Immediate and totally sensual in its allure, the 2009 will drink well with minimal cellaring. All things considered, at this stage, the 2009 comes across as relatively restrained for a wine from a warm year.”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Feb 2017
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94-97/100
“An open, soft and welcoming nose with sweet lemony fruit, pastry tones, vanilla and a faint spicy edge. There is a ripe, generously fruity character behind the reserved subtlety of the nose. Bright fruit of exemplary polish. The opulent, fruit-packed palate is smooth-textured and round. The generosity turns into beautiful focus as the wine advances on the palate. Salivating, energetic, chalky-mineral and tight, promising great potential.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Dec 2016
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96+/100
“2009 Cristal has really shut down since I tasted it this past spring, which is probably a very good thing for its potential longevity. The radiance and richness the 2009 showed just a few months ago is not all evident. Instead, the 2009 comes across as tightly wound and in need of considerable cellaring. I expect it will drink well for a period measured in decades rather than years. The 2009 has always been quite exuberant, but for now, it looks the wine is going to need a bit of time before it is at its best. Readers should note that Roederer has decided to release the 2009 ahead of the 2008.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2016
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18+/20
“An interesting contrast to the already-open Henriot 2009. I tasted this at the launch on of the top floor of The Shard, London's tallest building, looking at a fiery sunset and catching up on gossip with David Roberts MW of Goedhuis. Maybe the wine was served just a fraction too cool in recognition of the length of the guest list but it was extremely youthful and tight, so that there was not that much on the nose, but it built admirably through the palate to provide an intriguingly spicy, dense, long-lasting finish. I don't think that this 2009 has reached anything like its full potential and in a world that was not gagging for the latest vintage of Cristal, Roederer would have waiting a little while before releasing it. Given they have deliberately launched this before the 2008, I can only imagine how backward the older vintage is. It must be a real challenge for winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon to deliver wines that are easy to drink but do not sacrifice their potential. He is quoted as saying that the proportion of biodynamically-grown grapes in this vintage has reached 40% and will be greater in the future. The wine certainly has real dynamism. And I'm sure will deserve an even higher score eventually.”
Michael Edwards,
Decanter.com,
Oct 2016
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97/100
“Translusent, shimmering gold indicates a wine of poised ripeness; beautiful scents of orange blossom merge with sense of great chalky terroir. The purity and sublime texture of the mouthfeel owes a lot to non-malolactic winemaking which maintains freshness after the uninterrupted warmth of summer to harvest end. Also it also shows the essential true fruit now and for 20 years to come. Long lingering finish. A great supremely elegant Champagne. Dosage 8 g/l”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Aug 2016
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96+/100
“Rich, radiant and totally seductive, the 2009 Cristal possesses remarkable depth and striking purity. I have often felt that Cristal is released too young, but that is not at all the case with the 2009, a Champagne that is absolutely glorious today. The ripeness of the vintage comes through in spades in the wine's luxurious, enveloping personality. I remember tasting the vins clairs and the Cristal blend back in the spring of 2010. The finished wine is every bit as alluring as those early tastings suggested it would be. The 2009 is a superb Cristal in the making. The 2009 blend is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.”

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