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Louis Roederer Cristal Cuvee Prestige 2002

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The jewel of the House is Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II. This champagne is at its finest, as inspired today as it always has been, the embodiment of elegance and purity. Louis Roederer Cristal Cuvee Prestige 2002 is made accordance to the strictest criteria, based on a drastic process of selection applying to the vintage, the cru, the village, the grapes and finally the wines. Only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the House's 10 most celebrated crus are used in the production of this legendary cuvee. Blended from 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay grapes and aged for an average of 5 years plus 6 months after disgorging it is yellow green in colour with fleeting glints of gold. It is rich and intensely fruity on the nose with a rounded palate of citrus against a background of red berries followed by a subtle toastiness and notes of almonds. A combination of both freshness and delicacy alongside creamy bubbles it has a finish of exquisite length and crispness. The colour of the 2002 vintage is burnished yellow with gold reflections. On the nose, the wine opens with the youthful intensity of white flowers, citrus and red berries, followed by warmer notes of toast, chocolate and wood. The palate shows a mixture of ripe lush fruits (vine peaches) and toasty aromas with a dense and fleshy structure. The silky texture on the mid-palate culminates in a glorious finish.

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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

The jewel of the House is Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II. This champagne is at its finest, as inspired today as it always has been, the embodiment of elegance and purity. Louis Roederer Cristal Cuvee Prestige 2002 is made accordance to the strictest criteria, based on a drastic process of selection applying to the vintage, the cru, the village, the grapes and finally the wines. Only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the House's 10 most celebrated crus are used in the production of this legendary cuvee. Blended from 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay grapes and aged for an average of 5 years plus 6 months after disgorging it is yellow green in colour with fleeting glints of gold. It is rich and intensely fruity on the nose with a rounded palate of citrus against a background of red berries followed by a subtle toastiness and notes of almonds. A combination of both freshness and delicacy alongside creamy bubbles it has a finish of exquisite length and crispness. The colour of the 2002 vintage is burnished yellow with gold reflections. On the nose, the wine opens with the youthful intensity of white flowers, citrus and red berries, followed by warmer notes of toast, chocolate and wood. The palate shows a mixture of ripe lush fruits (vine peaches) and toasty aromas with a dense and fleshy structure. The silky texture on the mid-palate culminates in a glorious finish.

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