Cristal Champagne Late Release 2002 - Louis Roederer

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Cristal Champagne Late Release 2002


Although an incredible wine, some were surprised that Louis Roederer released Cristal 2002 as early as they did. But in a fascinating move, they held some back. These bottles were kept in their cellars for nine years after disgorgement, just so that they could unleash this even more fabulous Late Release on the world. The original received 98 points from Wine Advocate and this is even better.

In those intervening years it has become even richer, even more intense and even more like a sparkling Grand Cru Burgundy. The additional time has imparted vanilla, decadent truffle, chalk, lemon posset, mille-feuille and menthol to the sumptuous layers of white chocolate truffles, crème caramel, pepper, lemon meringue pie and oak spices. It manages to be both familiar, but also an entirely new expression that will have Champagne lovers enraptured.

2002 is a benchmark year; Jancis Robinson describes it as “a magnificent vintage for champagne”. Cristal is a seminal Champagne whatever the vintage, so in a year of this quality, it’s quite simply a must. World-renowned Champagne critic Richard Juhlin says of this Champagne: “Every vintage is stunning. Buy all the Roederer wines you come across.” Which is easier said than done considering that most of the original release sold out long ago as noted by Wine Advocate who lamented that their readers “might still have a chance to find one” in three-star Michelin restaurants. So, in short, don’t miss out on the extremely limited Cristal 2002 Late Release.

Established in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the few remaining independent, family-owned Champagne houses. By 1876 the House had achieved such a reputation for quality that the second Louis Roederer was asked by Tsar Alexander II to create a new Champagne, Cristal, for the exclusive use of the Russian Tsars. Made exclusively from the best grapes of Louis Roederer’s own vineyards, which are all organically farmed, and many are in conversion to biodynamic. It’s a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, of which 17% has been vinified in oak, giving the wine a full, round body and texture that is characteristic for the House style. Celebrate like a Tsar with this incredible bottle.

£52.67 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 886548

Style No.: 239496

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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