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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 1996
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 1996
(search item no. 58463)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $288.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Mousse: Lively and creamy bubbles forming a persistent, efervescent ring of precious tiny beads.

Appearance: Satiny sheen, reflecting the warmth of old Roman tiles aged in the sun.

Nose: Intense, generous bouquet with predominant aromas of figs, raspberries and wild strawberries.

Palate: The attack is inviting. An immense wine with great finesse. A succession of red fruit flavors lead to a lingering finish. It is soft and fresh, and distinguished by its silky elegance.

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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.