2013 Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
The Cristal champagne from Louis Roederer is the extremely exclusive champagne that is only made in the best years. Once specially made for the Russian Tsarenhof, now appreciated by enthusiasts worldwide. Unfortunately extremely scarce.
The grapes come from 4 plots - two in Aÿ, one in Mesnil and one in Avize - all selected for their ripeness and their ability to develop further. There is a spicy and exotic nose with quite expressive red fruit and a more pinot-driven shape and structure. The taste has very firm phenols, which will benefit from further aging. The silkiness is there, especially on the finish. Give this until 2020 and 10+ years after that. Much more powerful, structured style than the regular Cristal. This 2013 Cristal Rosé comes from 100% biodynamic farming on these four plots. The cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon describes the Cristal Rosé as a laser beam in the palate, very straight, sharp and precise yet elegant, intensely fruity and chalky. Very fine aromas of wild red fruit on the nose, with a nice freshness on the chalky palate. The delicious champagne is in a beautiful bottle and packed in an extremely luxurious gift box. The 2013 Cristal Rosé has received the near-maximum score of 99/100 points from Parker and 98/100 from Suckling and has a drinking window to 2060+
Louis Roederer is a prestigious champagne producer based in the Champagne region of France. The House of Louis Roederer is known for its commitment to quality, traditional winemaking methods and its signature cuvée, Cristal.
History of Louis Roederer
Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 by a German wine merchant named Louis Roederer. The house started as a wine shop and became involved in the production of Champagne in the early 19th century. In 1827, Louis Roederer's cousin, Adolphe Roederer, took over the business. Adolphe played a crucial role in the expansion and growth of this producer. He traveled extensively to build relationships with European courts, including the Russian Imperial Court. In 1876, Louis Roederer created the iconic Cristal Champagne. It was originally produced exclusively for the Russian Tsars and was presented in a crystal clear bottle, which is the origin of the name 'Cristal'. Louis Roederer remained a family business for many years. However, in 1932 the Rouzaud family, relatives of the Roederer family, took over the house. The Rouzaud family owns and manages Louis Roederer to this day. Like many companies in Champagne, Louis Roederer faced challenges during the World Wars, including damage to their cellars. Despite these difficulties, they persevered and continued to produce exceptional champagne. Louis Roederer has a long history of producing high quality champagnes. They are known for their traditional winemaking methods, including hand harvesting, fermentation in oak barrels and long-term aging in cellars.
One of the most famous Champagnes produced by Louis Roederer is Cristal. Created in 1876, Cristal is a prestigious and luxurious cuvée originally produced for the Russian Tsars. It is typically a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with Chardonnay as the dominant grape variety. They are known for their exceptional quality, elegance and aging potential. It is known for its fine, persistent bubbles, a rich and creamy texture and a harmonious balance of flavors and aromas. Cristal is highly regarded by wine critics and collectors worldwide. It consistently receives high ratings and is considered one of the best Champagnes available. Bottles of Cristal are often collected and aged for special occasions. The clear crystal bottle in which Cristal was originally presented was changed to a conventional bottle design in the early 20th century. This change was made to protect the taste and quality of the wine, as the clear glass was found to be sensitive to light exposure. Today, Cristal is usually bottled in an elegant, clear glass bottle with gold packaging.
Louis Roederer's vineyards
Louis Roederer owns and manages vineyards in the best Champagne crus, including the Grand Cru vineyards of Verzenay, Verzy and Ay, among others. These vineyards supply the grapes for their exceptional wines.
Assortment by Louis Roederer
In addition to Cristal, Louis Roederer produces a range of other champagnes, including Brut Premier, Vintage Brut, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. These wines suit a wide range of preferences and occasions. Louis Roederer's Champagnes have received critical acclaim from wine critics and publications around the world and are considered some of the finest Champagnes produced in the region.
|Type of Wine
|Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dry, Mineral, Red fruit, Tense
|Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch