Cristal 2008 Vintage
Cristal

Cristal 2008 Vintage

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$299.00
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Description

The Cristal 2008 is deep, intense and masterful. It offers the quintessential reflection of its chalk soils which lend its velvety texture and delicate tension. This wine’s energy has been tamed by an unusually long period of bottle aging: Cristal 2008 was in fact aged for 10 years before its release.

VARIETALS
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

HARVEST NOTES
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.

AWARDS
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.

Description

The Cristal 2008 is deep, intense and masterful. It offers the quintessential reflection of its chalk soils which lend its velvety texture and delicate tension. This wine’s energy has been tamed by an unusually long period of bottle aging: Cristal 2008 was in fact aged for 10 years before its release.

VARIETALS
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

HARVEST NOTES
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.

AWARDS
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.

Notes of Scent & Flavor

  • Color

    Amber hue with green and orange tints. Fine, even and lively sparkle.
  • Nose

    Complex and intense bouquet disclosing candied citrus, yellow fruit, Williams pear, pollen and toasted almond. The delicately seductive bouquet shows intensity and well-honed precision.
  • Palate

    The 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.
  • Finish

    This 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


Origins

In 1876, Tsar Alexander II - already a great lover of Louis Roederer wines - asked Louis Roederer to 'take the exercise still further' and create a cuvée for his personal use which was unique, in terms of both its style and the bottle. Louis Roederer offered him an exceptional crystal bottle, holding the fruit of vines selected from the seven great crus on his estate. The chardonnay and pinot noir grapes provide the subtle, precise balance that has now become synonymous with the leading prestige cuvée of Champagne.

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.