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Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne 2005

Vintage: 2005

Style: Champagne

Country: France

Region: Champagne


Overview: The Champagne house Louis Roederer first started making Cristal when Tsar Alexander II decided in 1876 that he wanted his champagne to be bottled in crystal, as you do. Countless times I’ve wished for all my beverages to be packaged in crystal. Sadly it is not 1876 and I’m not a Tsar (I realize this may come as a bit of a shock). Louis Roederer granted the Tsar his wish by creating Louis Roederer Cristal which was bottled in a clear, crystal bottle. The Cristal concept lives one however these days it’s bottled in glass, not crystal, cheapskates. I’ve heard that the Tsar requested the bottle to be clear so that bombs couldn’t be hidden in his champagne but I can’t state that this as fact, I think it’s probably one of those Wikipedia facts that someone has taken too seriously. Lead poisoning was obviously off the Tsar’s radar. Anyway, this is a proper ‘special occasion wine’. Buy a bottle, pop it in the fridge and you’ll find that everything becomes an event worthy of a sip of Cristal.


Tasting note: A yeasty nose with aromas of brioche and underlying, elegant grapefruit. A fine, mouth-tingling bead that delivers bready characters along with stone fruit and citrus. The palate is perfect balance between rich and sophisticated. It’s remarkably fresh, showing no signs of age despite being almost 9 years old.


Final Say: Forget about crystal, I’ll just have mine delivered via I.V. Sells for between $285 and $300 a bottle.


Score: 19.5 out of 20

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