Louis Roederer Cristal Vinotheque Rose 1995

Per Bottle
£1,900.00
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Description & Technical Information
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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.

Cristal Vinothèque 1995 celebrates the astonishing story of a very small number of bottles, stored in the Louis
Roederer cellars for 20 years in the quest for perfect harmony. The 1995 vintage is the reflection of this very
classic year in Champagne. The weather conditions created an exceptionally elegant wine structured by a
lovely acidity and remarkable aromatic complexity. Its perfectly balanced maturity and well-integrated
flavours have been brought out even further by the Côte des Blancs Chardonnays and a small proportion of
Pinots noirs grown in chalky soil.

Weather: The 1995 harvest was a large crop and shared similar characteristics with the renowned 1998. Following four consecutive years of tough growing conditions, 1995 came as a huge relief to the region - the first universally declared vintage since 1990. The summer was mainly hot, with some showers a few weeks before the harvest. Now, over twenty years since bottling, champagne from 1995 are starting to show flavours of incredibly complex, rich and concentrated fruits.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Ageing: 10 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2009
Dosage: 11 g/l
Drink: Now to 2028

Tasting Note: Light pink hue flecked with copper tints. Fine, elegant sparkle. The nose is both delicate and intense, a kaleidoscope of fresh fruit (strawberry, vineyard peach and Morello cherry) and dried fruit and nuts with hints of lightly roasted chestnut. Fruit still dominates after a few minutes (blackcurrant and raspberry) and is joined, this time, by light resinous and iodized notes, typical of autolysis in champagne. The palate is delicate, fresh and finely wrought. It begins with an explosion of citrus (blood orange, tangerine and yuzu) in a coating of sweet, juicy fruit reminiscent of gingerbread and honey. The chalky and saline freshness traces out a precise, slender chassis and gives the impression of great elegance. The finish is fuller, with a firm structure, punctuated by notes of citrus peel.
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Expert Reviews
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Jancis Robinson MW
“Decided to do exactly the same ageing as for the white. Grapes from four particularly ‘fleshy’ parcels: two parcels of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, and Chardonnay from Mesnil and Avize. Not a trace of blue in this! No extraction, but a real ‘infusion’ of flavours. Pinot juice is run off and 45% Chardonnay juice added, then alcoholic fermentation as a white wine (ie not red wine added to white wine). No skin contact.
Pale orange matches lettering on label exactly. Broad and round and super-Pinot-fruity nose. Very clean and fresh. Neat and very sprightly. No apparent age. Though there is depth on the palate. Long and satisfying. Colour only from the early juice stage. Love the rose-petal flavour!”
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    Is there a better way to spend a Sunday evening than dinner with Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon at the Louis Roederer family mansion? We tasted new Cristal 2008 and the exclusive late-release Cristal Vinothèque 1995.
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