Named for the lead-crystal bottles which harnessed the original Champagne vintages reserved for Russian Tsar Alexander II. Cristal is only produced when the grape quality is highest to ensure that every bottle is a glorious demonstration of the skill of the winemakers and the excellence of the terrior.
Produced from 45% and 55% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively, the classic 2004 vintage is ready to drink, but has room to grow over the next decade!
Founded in 1776 louis Roederer remains an independent family business. Many inspirational figures have helped this famous house along the way to world renown non more so than Jean Caude Rouzaud who instigated the creation of a group of brilliant winemakers around the central Champagne house, taken to further heights by his son and current director Frederic Rouzaud. Roederer has gleaned great success by courting a worldwide audience, particularly in Russia where its wines were appointed official supplier to the Imperial Court. Tsar Alexander II so enamered a unique flat bottomed bottle was commissioned to house his own blend...Cristal Champagne.
Intense nose of lemon curd. Considerable evolution already. Good acidity and a tight bead. This is a very good stage to drink this luxury.
The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful, structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004, at least today. Cristal is often accessible young, but that is far from the case here. This is a serious, painfully young Cristal that will require considerable patience. Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive, complete Cristal.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
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