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 2005 vintage is ready to drink over the next few years!
Louis Roederer was born in 1809 and would later establish himself as a successful entrepreneur and patron of the arts. His relationship with the eponymous Champagne house began in 1833, after he was chosen to inherit the business, formerly known as Maison Dubois, by his uncle.
Roederer made it his goal to have every aspect of Champagne production under expert supervision, even deviating from the normal practice of buying grapes from growers to buy land in the region's best areas. The Roederer style and high quality saw business flourish worldwide; Louis Roederer's son, Louis Roederer II, matched his father in both passion and talent, and upon assuming management of the house, success continued.
In 1870, their most famous customer, Tsar Alexander II of Russia asked Louis Roederer II to reserve for him the best wines, exclusively for his personal consumption. This exquisite Champagne was held in flat-bottomed, lead-crystal bottles, crafted from specifications set by the Tsar himself in order to better view the colour, effervescence and any hazards which concern a non-democratic ruler of a nation. The wine, known as Cristal, lost its royal commission in 1917, but would not be available for public consumption until 1945.
Magnum. So powerfully scented that it perfumed the room on opening. Meaty, savoury nose. Not at all sweet. Bone dry and upright somehow. Very appetising - not at all rich. A seriously good aperitif champagne though not one of the most concentrated Cristals. Impressive persistence though.
The 2005 Cristal stands out for its exceptional inner perfume and elegance. Soft, delicate and pretty, the 2005 is a relatively immediate Cristal with all of the signatures very much in the right place. The 2005 doesn’t have the opulence of the 2002 nor the focus of the 2004, but it is a very pretty, if somewhat small-scaled version of this iconic Champagne. I would drink the 2005 while the 2002 and 2004 age. Although Cristal has an impeccable track record when it comes to aging, personally I would not push it with the 2005.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.