Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 Champagne

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Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé
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Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 - 75cl Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 - 75cl   £749.95
Champagne Louis Roederer Overview
Cristal Rosé is the rarest champagne that Louis Roederer produces and 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 2002 vintage was an extraordinary year combining constant warm temperatures, reduced rainfall in the growth cycle, cool nights and a cold dry north-easterly wind. These exceptionally favourable conditions allowed the grapes to mature perfectly and their flavours to be nicely concentrated. Twenty percent of the wines in Cristal Rosé are vinified in oak barrels and traditional skin maceration is adopted to gently extract the pigments that create the unique colour synonymous with this particular style of rosé.

Beautiful salmon pink with a rich bouquet of red fruit and citrus zest. This has a marvellous concentration of fruit, typical of 2002. The exceptional characteristics of this vintage have been captured here perfectly. Combine the rarity of Cristal Rosé and the extraordinary 2002 vintage and this is one unparalleled champagne; very highly acclaimed and increasingly hard to source.

Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Dosage: 8 to 10 g/L

Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé
Antonio Galloni,
May 2015
“The 2002 Cristal Rosé is one of the most overtly vinous wines in this lineup. Rich, powerful and voluptuous on the palate, the 2002 captures the exuberance of the year in spades. Hard candy, cinnamon, spices, mint and wild flowers wrap around the resonant, opulent finish. A head-turning beauty, the 2002 has really blossomed since I last tasted it a few years ago. It is also the showiest and most exotic wine in this vertical. I imagine the 2002 will reward readers with another 15-20 years of exceptional drinking, perhaps more. There isn't too much to say, except that this is one of the great wines of the vintage.”
Essi Avellan MW,
Oct 2014
“Pale peachy. Beautifully subdued, pure and elegant nose of ripe peach, gentle spiciness and minerality. Bright fruity, intense yet refined, lacey texture and the softest mousse. Perfectly long, vibrant and mouth-watering. Finesse meets power and precision. It has ages ahead of it. I don’t know if there is anything better you can put in your mouth. Deservedly the Supreme World Champion at the 2014 CSWWC and Best Champagne for 2014 by FINE Champagne magazine.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
Aug 2014
“'Supreme World Champion' and World Champion Deluxe Rosé. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. This is already amazingly rich and long. Great density and breadth. I can see how this wine triumphed over all the other 650 entries in the first Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. It just shows what an improvement there has been in recent years in the quality of pink champagne. This wine comes from six specific top-quality parcels that make some of the ripest wines, and it tastes like it. But there is nothing remotely fat about this. Very sophisticated indeed with a beautiful texture.”
Peter Liem,
Wine & Spirits,
Nov 2010
“Elegant and exquisitely detailed, the ’02 Cristal Rosé is the finest rosé Champagne currently on the market.”
Joshua Greene,
Wine & Spirits,
Nov 2010
“Levi Dalton at Convivio (NYC) compared this wine to the pianist who hits the right keys at the right moment. He's referring to the precision of the wine, which is astonishing. There is no singular flavor, but rather a resonant chord, a series of oppositions that create the invisible intensity of an electric current, the power of the charge balanced by the elegance of the flavor and the structure of the wine. You could describe it as light and brisk, or bold and intense; either way, you'll still be tasting it ten minutes later. As Peter Liem pointed out, "You could use any descriptor in the world and apply it to this wine. It is an Ur wine." The most exciting thing about it is the thought of what it will become.”
Antonio Galloni,
Dec 2009
“The 2002 Brut Cristal Rose shows the classic Roederer introspectiveness that can sometimes make the wines hard to grasp when they are young. It, too, is a relatively lightly-colored rose. The bouquet is beautifully woven into a fabric of layered, ripe fruit. With some time in the glass, the wine’s textural beauty becomes more apparent, but this is a Champagne that needs bottle age. It should be spectacular in time. Cristal Rose is made with the same technique as the rose, which is to say the Pinot is cold-macerated on the skins for 6-7 days, but the percentage of oak is a touch higher. For Cristal Rose the Pinot is sourced from Ay and the percentage of Chardonnay (from Avize and Mesnil) is a touch higher than the Brut Rose at 40% of the blend. This is Lot L031784L100149, disgorged in April, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.”
Stephen Tanzer,
International Wine Cellar,
Nov 2009
“Medium pink with a light copper hue. Strawberry, cherry skin and blood orange on the nose, with notes of brown butter and dried flowers adding complexity. Lush and creamy but not heavy, offering open-knit red berry and sappy citrus flavors and a deeper, buttery quality on the back end. Hangs on with attractive spiciness, a hint of candied orange and impressive, gently sweet persistence. I'd err on the side of youth with this alluring Champagne and drink it over the coming decade rather than bury it in the cellar. ”
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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