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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
(search item no. 109802)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $619.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Louis Roederer Cristal, the first Prestige Cuvée, was created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. One hundred and thirty-four years later, it remains faithful to its origin, inspired by elegance, purity, and precision. "It is a blue sky, without any clouds," says Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon.

Cristal 2004 – a highly seductive vintage reminiscent of the classic 1988 – has a slender, almost living freshness. Highly contemporary in its harmony and immediate seductiveness, it nevertheless remains first and foremost a great classic of northern Champagne, combining freshness, energy and an almost chalky mineral quality. The Cristal hallmarks are evident: purity, precision and the unique harmony of flavors associated with the subtle power of our historic vines, located on the finest Champagne Grand Cru terroirs.

"Brilliant yellow color displaying light amber nuances, combined with an ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence. There's an intense, highly expressive bouquet on the first nose! The aromatic elegance and precision of Chardonnay is apparent: white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes, the aromas move on to more confit, lightly grilled hints. The bouquet is rich and sweet, almost generous, remaining precise and impeccably refined. The bite in the mouth is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot, mango and others. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft – and typical of great pinot noirs – is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, bringing the wine alive with minerality. The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavors, senses and silky textures...Absolute sensuality." – Jean Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master.

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About Louis Roederer:

Uncompromising Quality
Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 in Reims, France and is one of the rare family owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family. In 1833, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and renamed the company under his namesake. Under his leadership, the company rapidly grew while remaining true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Today, the company is under the helm of Jean-Claude Rouzaud and his son Frédéric who continue to place quality before quantity.

First-Rate Vineyards
Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75 percent of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne. The property is located on 450 acres in the finest villages of Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, and Valleé de la Marne. Each region is selected to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the elegance needed for perfectly balanced champagne. The Louis Roederer vineyards rate an average 98 percent based on France’s statutory 100-point classification scale.

The reserve wine is then tasted and graded by a team of Roederer specialists. They choose as many as 40 different wines from several lots for the blend. For the final touch, the wine is then added in order to enhance the cuvee and guarantee consistency while retaining the champagne's characteristics.