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Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Late Release 2002 Champagne 75cl

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Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Late Release
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Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Late Release 2002 - 75cl Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Late Release 2002 - 75cl   £900.00
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Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Late Release
Description & Technical Information
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In 1974, almost 200 years after the establishment of Champagne Louis Roederer and 100 years after the invention of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzad decided to create a Cristal Rosé. To achieve this, he selected old-vine Pinot Noir grapes from the finest Grand Cru vineyards of Aÿ, which are now cultivated according to biodynamic principals. The unique calcareous soil, which gives the grapes an exquisite minerality, enables the vines to attain exceptional fruit maturity complemented by a crystalline acidity. The rosé content is produced using the saignée (bleeding) process after cold maceration for five to eight days in the liquid phase. As with Cristal, 20-30% of the wines are vinified in oak barrels and the final blend is matured for six years in the cellars and rested for eight months after disgorgement. Produced only in the very best years, Cristal Rosé is Louis Roederer's rarest champagne. Cristal Rosé 2002 was aged on its lees for 7 years before being matured for a further 8 years in bottle after its disgorgement in 2010.

Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.

News Article: We tasted Cristal Rosé Late Release 2002 with Louis Roederer Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon in April 2018. Read the full write-up here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Aÿ, Cumières, Verzenay, Verzy | Chardonnay: Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2010
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2050+

Tasting Note: 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.
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