Louis Roederer's Cristal is one of the most sought-after of all Champagnes and has a long and distinguished history. The wine itself is full-bodied and powerful but balanced, fully deserving of its stellar reputation.
In 1876 Tsar Alexander II of Russia, fearing that a bomb hidden behind the conventional green glass of a Champagne bottle might be used to assassinate him, ordered a Champagne to be produced in a clear glass bottle and without the traditional bell-shaped base. In order to ensure that this bottle shape was able to cope with the pressure, it had to be manufactured from lead crystal, and hence became known as Cristal. If stored correctly the wines develop an extraordinary complexity over many years. The difficulty is in persuading anybody to resist temptation and keep it that long.
Louis Roederer is not just about Cristal – although that is one of the greatest wines in Champagne, if you can keep it long enough to let it develop – they are great producers across the range. The Brut Premier is ...Learn more
“Fantastic from the start. A colossal power of beautiful rumbling Pinot maturity. It’s like chewing on the ripest grapes from Ay and Verzenay. At the same time ultra stylish: unmistakable Cristal essence of peach and mango sweetness, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, sprightly acidity and citrus blossom. Many similarities with 2002 but with a cleaner Pinot touch”