Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 Champagne

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Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
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Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 - 75cl Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2006 - 75cl   £499.95
Champagne Louis Roederer Overview
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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.

Weather: The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Aÿ | Chardonnay: Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2013
Dosage: 8-10 g/l
Drink: 2015-2025

Tasting Note: A salmon pink hue with bright golden tints and a persistent stream of fine bubbles. This is rich on the nose with summery fresh fruits of red currants and peaches. The palate is full and voluptuous, both intense and amazingly delicate with a concentrated blend of fruit and well-integrated tannins that strengthen the precision and appeal. The concentration of Pinot Noir and the maturity of the grapes adds distinctive notes of raspberry. Cristal Rosé 2006 is a perfect example of the ripe fruit of the vintage.
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Mar 2016
92/100
“Medium-deep cherry colour, more depth than usual. Developing berry dominant nose with toast and cream emerging beautifully. Fresh, soft, succulent palate with very smooth mousse and a perfectly balanced dosage. The warmth of the year comes through in the ripe character.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
May 2015
98/100
“One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2006 Cristal Rosé is simply stunning. A vertical, towering wine, the 2006 Cristal Rosé is a thrill a minute, with a compelling interplay of aromatics and exquisitely layered fruit, all supported by a real feeling of phenolic intensity. While the 2007 is seductive, the 2006 is virile and imposing, with the statuesque lift of a Giacometti sculpture. All the elements meld together in a complete, alluring Champagne that will continue to drink beautifully for many decades. In 2006, the Pinot Noir was already being farmed biodynamically, while the Chardonnay was still under conversion.”
Roger Voss,
Wine Enthusiast,
Jan 2014
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95/100
“Still so fresh, this is fruity, yes, but it has such a depth of flavor with its red fruits the starting point for an adventure in tastes and textures. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards, it is ready to drink, although it will age in bottle for many years”
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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