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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2004
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2004
(search item no. 110465)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $519.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 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
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cristal Rosé 2004 is precise, racy and balanced. A pastel pink colour with bright, slightly orange glints. Fine, light bubbles in a long-lasting flow. The bouquet is delicate and subtle, with elegant fruitiness (red fruits: strawberry, fig), zesty hints (citrus fruit: lemon and orange) and juicier nuances such as vine peach. There is a deep, slightly sweet burst of aromas.

In the mouth, the bite is young, springlike and energetic: full-bodied and silky, but based on very mineral freshness. This mineral quality is typical for Cristal Rose, expressing the chalkiness and saltiness of the Aÿ terroir. The second mouth has airy notes and great aromatic purity, displaying the discrete power of this great cuvee. On airing, a few traces of Danish pastry and lightly roasted dried fruits hint at its enormous capacity for change.

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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.