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Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne Original Presentation Box 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Lively, uninterrupted bubbles, with a steady creamy flow. An intensely elegant, rich, ripe bouquet. A succession of white fruits (apple), ripe and juicier yellow fruits (peaches) and slightly sour citrus fruits (mandarin oranges). The quite typical Chardonnay notes appear after a few minutes: white flowers (acacia), dried fruit, buttery caramel hints, suggestive of almost vanilla-like pastries. The bouquet is striking: its has great aromatic freshness but is already very open and mature. The bite is full-bodied, soft and winey. It gives a well-rounded, almost smooth impression with ripe sun-drenched white and yellow fruits. The flavors are typical of Chardonnay: accessible, rich, fleshy fruit combined with warm, almost buttery hints. The measured bubbles and fresh limestone quality 'stretch' in the mouth, giving a pure, graceful impression. The finish is slightly tighter with a delicious, lingering, sensuous and almost sweet taste. This Cristal 2005 stands out from all other Cristal vintages due to its aromatic openness and typical Chardonnay character. The ripe 2005 grapes produced wines of a unique nature, combining wininess with long-lasting quality, elegance and consistency. It is even reminiscent of a few Burgundy-like delights.

Louis Roederer:
The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roederer’s philosophy is shared by Philippe Starck: both are engaged in a quest for authenticity.   The harvest from each parcel is pressed and vinified separately. Over the months, the wine is tasted and analysed by the oenologists; this provides them with an extensive aromatic palette t... Read more
The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roederer’s philosophy is shared by Philippe Starck: both are engaged in a quest for authenticity.   The harvest from each parcel is pressed and vinified separately. Over the months, the wine is tasted and analysed by the oenologists; this provides them with an extensive aromatic palette that gives them a rich choice and enables them to develop blends under the watchful eye of the Cellar Master, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. This quest for authenticity matches Philippe Starck’s desire to collaborate on the development of a unique, finely tuned, and authentic cuvée. They decided to draw inspiration from river wines to create a straightforward, medium-dry, terroir-based champagne. Consequently, every measure was taken on the south-facing parcels of Pinot noir to nurture grapes that would attain great maturity, in order to obtain an excellent fruit that would require very minor corrective measures. Read less

External Reviews for Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne Original Presentation Box

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/24/2013

Die Cuvée Cristal, die fünf Jahre auf der Hefe reift, erfüllt allerstrengste Herstellungskriterien, die eine peinlich genaue Auswahl der Lagen, der Trauben und schließlich der Weine erfordern. Es werden nur Pinot Noir- und die Chardonnay-Trauben der zehn besten Lagen der Weinberge des Hauses Roederer verwendet.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/16/2012

Die Cuvée Cristal, die fünf Jahre auf der Hefe reift, erfüllt allerstrengste Herstellungskriterien, die eine peinlich genaue Auswahl der Lagen, der Trauben und schließlich der Weine erfordern. Es werden nur Pinot Noir- und die Chardonnay-Trauben der zehn besten Lagen der Weinberge des Hauses Roederer verwendet. Die Cuvée Cristal erfüllt jeden Anspruch an höchstem Genuss; denn nur Komplexität und Eleganz zählt. Kein Wunder, dass Amerikas „Weinpapst“ Robert Parker schreibt: „Als einer der allerfeinsten Champagner, die ich je an meine Lippen führte, präsentiert sich die Cuvée mit Haselnuss und Apfelaromen. Diese Schönheit ist elegant und tief, enorm konzentriert und unglaublich lang anhaltend.“


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
10/11/2012

Hands down one of our favorites in the Luxury Champagne category, Louis Roederer's 2005 Cristal is really bright and fragrant in this stage with all the pomp and circumstance we expect from this house.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

The 2005 Cristal stands out for its exceptional inner perfume and elegance. Soft, delicate and pretty, the 2005 is a relatively immediate Cristal with all of the signatures very much in the right place. The 2005 doesnt have the opulence of the 2002 ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 2005 Roederer, Louis Cristal 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

The iconic Roederer Champagne, Cristal's latest release, brings a perfect balance of richness and age worthiness. It is full of apple flavor, and the mousse is very fine and almost imperceptible. As so often with a beautifully blended wine like this,... Wine Enthusiast. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 2005 Roederer, Louis Cristal 1500ml


External Review
04/18/2013

The iconic Roederer Champagne, Cristal’s latest release, brings a perfect balance of richness and age worthiness. It is full of apple flavor, and the mousse is very fine and almost imperceptible. As so often with a beautifully blended wine like this, a few minutes breathing brings out extra complex flavors. It certainly should age over five years and more.


External Review
04/18/2013

Vibrant and mouthwatering, this offers a range of patisserie pear and apple fruit, candied lemon zest, pastry dough and marzipan notes set on a finely detailed texture, which imparts a great deal of finesse. The lasting finish echoes a smoky mineral note. Drink now through 2025.


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Lively, uninterrupted bubbles, with a steady creamy flow. An intensely elegant, rich, ripe bouquet. A succession of white fruits (apple), ripe and juicier yellow fruits (peaches) and slightly sour citrus fruits (mandarin oranges). The quite typical Chardonnay notes appear after a few minutes: white flowers (acacia), dried fruit, buttery caramel hints, suggestive of almost vanilla-like pastries. The bouquet is striking: its has great aromatic freshness but is already very open and mature. The bite is full-bodied, soft and winey. It gives a well-rounded, almost smooth impression with ripe sun-drenched white and yellow fruits. The flavors are typical of Chardonnay: accessible, rich, fleshy fruit combined with warm, almost buttery hints. The measured bubbles and fresh limestone quality 'stretch' in the mouth, giving a pure, graceful impression. The finish is slightly tighter with a delicious, lingering, sensuous and almost sweet taste. This Cristal 2005 stands out from all other Cristal vintages due to its aromatic openness and typical Chardonnay character. The ripe 2005 grapes produced wines of a unique nature, combining wininess with long-lasting quality, elegance and consistency. It is even reminiscent of a few Burgundy-like delights.

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