(From 2006 Vintage) The 2006 Cristal is one of the most towering, structured young Cristals I can remember tasting. Roederer is among the first, if not the first, major house to release its tete de cuvees. Young Cristal can often deceive with its open, seductive personality, but that is not at all the case here. The 2006 is majestic, powerful Cristal that is going to need bottle age. Today it is massive, tightly coiled and imposing, with tons of structure, phenomenal balance and plenty of potential for the future.
The jewel of the House, the vintage Cristal, the most beautiful expression of Champagne, was created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II. It remains faithful to the inspiration of origin, namely embodying elegance and purity. A gleaming pale gold color, with a fine foam and an elegant cord of bubbles. It has an eloquent, intense, delicate nose, with almond flavors, and constant fresh white flowers. It has a full, consistent attack, with remarkable balance, near gossamer-like smoothness, and an ext...
Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet f...
55% Pinot Noir; 45% Chardonnay. Checking in with the highest price of any in our august lot, this latest version of Cristal is as rich as any, and its effusive, broadly rendered aromas of fresh bread,...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 95 points
Mousse: Lively and creamy bubbles forming a persistent, efervescent ring of precious tiny beads.Appearance: Satiny sheen, reflecting the warmth of old Roman tiles aged in the sun.Nose: Intense, generous bouquet with predominant aromas of figs, raspberries and wild strawberries.Palate: The attack is inviting. An immense wine with great finesse. A succession of red fruit flavors lead to a lingering finish. It is soft and fresh, and distinguished by its silky elegance.
Wine AdvocateRating: 98/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
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Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/04