"'Cristal' was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the House’s best cuvée for him every year. To distinguish his cuvée, this exceptional Champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous." And true to its original intention, Cristal is the very definition of opulence in Champagne, with a sublime, creamy and richer texture that fills the palate with delicious flavors of white fruits and citrus. The finish is divinely silky and quite persistent revealing well defined minerality and a nice sense of acidity. Cristal is only made in the finest vintage years and 2009 was an exceptional growing season with near perfect weather and almost no rain before harvest. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 16% was vinified in oak casks without malolactic fermentation. It was then aged for six years before being disgorged with a dosage of 8 grams per liter and another eight months in the cellar before release.
Wine EnthusiastThe latest incarnation of this famous Champagne now comes from Roderer’s own vineyards, a good portion of which are run on biodynamic lines. This still-young wine has great depth and richness, a beautiful balance between ripe fruit and crisp texture that make it alive, crisp and bright. As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. Drink now if you must, but preferably wait until 2019. #38 Top 100 Cellat Selections 2016
Robert ParkerThe 2009 Cristal literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.
James SucklingA very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It’s round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don’t notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now. #78 Top 100 of 2016
Wine SpectatorWhite peach and acacia blossom aromas accent the flavors of poached apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and spun honey in this harmonious Champagne. The satiny mousse caresses the palate, while firm, focused acidity drives the lasting finish. Drink now through 2030. From France.-A.N.