2009 LOUIS ROEDERER, CRISTAL / 路易王妃-水晶香槟

Something about Louis Roederer

Since its creation in 1776, the historic house of Louis Roederer has approached the creation of its champagnes as an art. Composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noit and Pinot Meunier from the vintage plus 10% aged reserve wines; Louis Roeder Brut Premier is the classic cuvee of the house and expresses its timeless style. Cristal de Roederer, the prestige cuvée of the Louis Reoderer, is synonymous with extravagance and pleasure and until the 1920’s was reserved only for a very particular client: the Tsar of Russia.

Color

White

Region

France

Sub-Region

Champagne

Size Price/BTL Total Price Availability
6x75cl $1,650.00 HKD $9,900.00 HKD 2 Immediate
1x75cl $1,650.00 HKD $1,650.00 HKD 4 Immediate

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FROM THE
EXPERTS

A 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.

Rich, creamy and radiant, the 2009 Cristal captures all of the natural generosity of the vintage while also retaining a good bit of freshness and aromatic intensity. Immediate and totally sensual in its allure, the 2009 will drink well with minimal cellaring. All things considered, at this stage, the 2009 comes across as relatively restrained for a wine from a warm year. Drink 2019-2049.

An interesting contrast to the already-open Henriot 2009. I tasted this at the launch on of the top floor of The Shard, London's tallest building, looking at a fiery sunset and catching up on gossip with David Roberts MW of Goedhuis. Maybe the wine was served just a fraction too cool in recognition of the length of the guest list but it was extremely youthful and tight, so that there was not that much on the nose, but it built admirably through the palate to provide an intriguingly spicy, dense, long-lasting finish. I don't think that this 2009 has reached anything like its full potential and in a world that was not gagging for the latest vintage of Cristal, Roederer would have benefited from waiting a little while before releasing it. Given they have deliberately launched this before the 2008, I can only imagine how backward the older vintage is. It must be a real challenge for winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon to deliver wines that are easy to drink but do not sacrifice their potential. He is quoted as saying that the proportion of biodynamically-grown grapes in this vintage has reached 40% and will be greater in the future. The wine certainly has real dynamism. And I'm sure will deserve an even higher score eventually. (Drink between 2019-2035)

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