Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne 2008

$269.99

2008 Louis Roederer “Cristal” Brut Champagne

100 points James Suckling

 Disgorged October 2016 and will be the first Cristal to be released ten years from harvest when it is offered in 2018. 35 parcels used from a possible 45 in this vintage. The assemblage is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot Noir is a strong core and the Chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025.  (1/2018)

100 points Wine Enthusiast

 This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer’s own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Drink from 2020. *Top 100 Cellar Selection 2017 #5* (RV)  (12/2017)

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Description

The 2008 Cristal will be released in late June 2018. It is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, all from organically farmed, estate vineyards in the mid slope “golden band” of the Mountain of Reims, Côte de Blancs and Grand Valley of the Marne. For the first time ever, the winemaking team at Roederer decided to do 20% malolactic fermentation due to the massive concentration and acidity of the wine. The wine is so packed and vivacious that they decided to release the 2009 ahead of it so as to give the 2008 the time it needed. This is special stuff, and Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, cellar master of Roederer says it is the best wine he has made in 30 years at Roederer. He is not a man prone to hyperbole!

Additional information

Weight 4.2 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 5.7 × 6.5 in
Ratings

100 Points James Suckling, 100 Points WE

Vintage

2008

Region

Champagne

Size

Single Bottle

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