2013 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

Vintage

2013

Size Price/BTL Total Price Availability
1x75cl $1,585.00 HKD $1,585.00 HKD 11 Immediate

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FROM THE
EXPERTS

I've revisited Roederer's 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.

The 2013 Cristal is a wine of extraordinary precision and tension. Searing acids drive a bold, racy Champagne that won’t be ready to offer its best drinking anytime soon. In recent vintages, Cristal has been quite open on release. That is far from the case with the 2013. Readers should plan on being quite patient. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont-sur-Vesle) and 40% Chardonnay (Mesnil, Avize, Cramant). Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon was especially selective and used only 30 out of the potential 45 plots that are typically available for Cristal. About 32% of the lots were done in oak, the rest in steel, with the malolactic fermentation blocked across the board. It was an October harvest, the sort of harvest that has become increasingly rare in Champagne. Lecaillon describes the summer as similar to 2012, but adds the vines were a month behind in their development. In tasting, the 2013 reminds me of the 1996 in its austerity, even more so than the epic 2008.

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