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60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
The 2008 vintage was characterized by an unusually dry and cool summer and undoubtedly falls into the 'continental' vintage category: dense and powerful owing to its exceptional concentration. Nevertheless, the unusually cool temperatures over the summer made their mark on the vintage, giving it a remarkable intense and saline freshness.
2018 - 97+ points, The Wine Advocate
2018 - 100 points, JamesSuckling.com
2017 - 100 points Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
2017 - 98 points, Vinous Media
Vintages vary by location. The current vintage in stock will be shipped.
Bottle size: 750ml
Please Drink Responsibly. This product is only available for delivery in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, ID, IL, IA, LA, MD, MA, MI, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, RI, SC, TX, VT, VA, WI, WY.
Due to the customized nature of engraved orders, please allow up to 10 business days for order processing, engraving, and shipping. Express orders will be shipped as soon as the engraving process is completed.
ColorAmber hue with green and orange tints. Fine, even and lively sparkle.
NoseComplex and intense bouquet disclosing candied citrus, yellow fruit, Williams pear, pollen and toasted almond. The delicately seductive bouquet shows intensity and well-honed precision.
PalateThe wine is powerful, full yet tight, on entry to the palate. The 2008 is undeniably well-structured in a particular way: the wine’s almost saline concentration has not been created by the sun, but is derived from the dryness of the chalk soil in a particularly cool summer. The result is a smooth, almost liquorous, mouthfeel that coats the palate with a powerful yet soft texture.
FinishThis gives way to an incredible finish, underpinned by freshness and an impression of absolute purity with a taut and very saline character.
“This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable.” - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
Cristal is Louis Roederer’s flagship cuvée. It was created in 1876 and is composed of Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs.