Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime Champagne – 2008

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Louis Roederer


White - Sparkling


Champagne Blend



Cristal Brut Millesime


Louis Roederer





Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 18/06/2018
Drink: 2023-2050

"Let's start describing the 2008 Cristal technically first. It is a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 36 plots in seven grands crus: Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil, Avize and Cramant for the Chardonnay. Twenty-five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 16% underwent malolactic fermentation to moderate the fresh acidity of the...

...2008 vintage. The assemblage was bottled in May 2009. After 8.5 years on the second lees (longer than any Cristal before), the first release was disgorged in September 2017 with a relatively low dosage of 7.5 grams per liter. So, here is how it tastes as a ""young"" cuvée: The 2008 Cristal opens bright, super clear, fresh and pure on the exciting, absolutely fascinating nose with its fine, complex and elegant bouquet of gorgeously ripe and matured fruits, brioche and chalk expressions. This is the finest you can get from Champagne. The palate is pure, lean, fresh and filigreed but concentrated, highly complex, full of tension and enormously vibrant. This is a great vin de terroir, a dense and elegant Super-Cristal that goes straight and precise as a laser beam over the palate but also has texture in the form of sensually fleshy fruit. The dosage, however, is the lowest ever: just 7.5 grams. The endless and highly tensioned finish is complex, citrusy fresh, full of chalk and crystalline finesse. The 2008 Cristal is a vitalizing drug, ""the Chevalier Montrachet of Champagne,"" as Jean-Baptise Lécaillon puts it. It is the most exciting 2008 Champagne I have tasted thus far (May 2018)."

Tasted: 07/01/2017
Drink: 2020-2058
Author: Antonio Galloni

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Tasted: 27/08/2017
Drink: 2018-2040

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Area under vines: 214 hectares

Wines Vineyard Holdings:
  • Brut Premier
  • Vintage
  • Rosé Vintage
  • Blanc de Blancs
  • Carte Blanche Extra Dry
  • Carte Blanche Sec
  • Carte Blanche Demi sec
  • Cristal
  • Cristal Rosé




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