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.