2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Magnum - 1500ml

2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Magnum - 1500ml

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2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Magnum - 98 pts!
Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.

Produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (around 40%) and Pinot noir (around 60%) grapes have attained perfect maturity, Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after dégorgement.

Our House’s most famous wine was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the House’s best cuvée for him every year. He was particularly fond of the House’s wine. To distinguish this cuvée, this exceptional champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous.


Product Details

Varietal Champagne Blend
Vintage 2002
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Champagne
Location
Producer Roederer Louis
Color White
Wine Type Sparkling

Robert Parker

Rating 98 RP - Roederer's 2002 Cristal is a fabulous wine! Originally released in 2009, it was re-released in March this year and was sold out in a very short time. The Cristal I tasted at Roederer in May 2018 was disgorged in 2010, after seven years sur lie. Its amazing richness and concentration makes it a forerunner of the 2015 and follows the 1999. Only two times—2002 and 2015—the fruit from all 42 plots reserved for Cristal was used for the Cristal. "I couldn't do any better blend than the one assembling all the 42 plots," says Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, stressing that at that time only two hectares were farmed biodynamically. As a result of the conversion to biodynamic farming, Lecaillon promised himself the production of even more beautiful, vital and balanced wines, and you can feel his satisfaction whenever he speaks of the cuvees that are yet to come such as 2012 and 2015, the latter of which he calls "the new 2002." Back to history: the nose of the 2002 Cristal shows a deep, ripe and elegant fruit with aromas of white chocolate, wet chalk, wild vanilla and pepper (typical for 2002) as well as terroir-driven truffle notes. Intense and very elegant in the mouth, this is a ripe, rich and concentrated yet also pure and vital Cristal with great finesse, elegance and mineral complexity. It's a sublime Champagne right now, although it's more wine than Champagne. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Champagne Blend
Vintage 2002
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Champagne
Location
Producer Roederer Louis
Color White
Wine Type Sparkling

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