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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002
(search item no. 95156)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $199.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2006 Decanter rating: 97 points
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
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 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:

Cristal, the jewel and tête de cuvée of Champagne Louis Roederer, was created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II of Russia. It remains faithful to its origin, inspired by elegance and purity. Cristal is produced with regimented standards of winemaking that require a rigorous selection of crus, vintages, grapes, and wine.

Cristal is produced using only the finest vintages from crus guaranteed to originate from the Louis Roederer vineyard. All the exceptional characteristics of the 2002 vintage have literally been captured in this Cristal 2002, which is generous and lush, revealing perfect balance between concentration and finesse, freshness and vinosity, intensity and refinement. In three words: proud, rich and luxurious.

Cristal 2002 is brilliant yellow with light amber highlights and has a beautiful mousse with fine cordon of persistent and regular bubbles. The nose is intense and delicate, revealing a clean and well-blended mixture of flavors of honey, cocoa, lightly toasted hazelnuts, candied citrus fruit. A savory explosion of ripe fruit on the attack, the wine reveals red fruit, white chocolate, caramel and Danish pastry, typical of Cristal. Its silky, concentrated texture relies on its intense, powerful and vinous structure, but maintains refinement. The palate builds up to attain a delicious sensation of well-blended harmony of flavors. A fresh finish with a hint of bitterness makes it almost crunchy.

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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.