2007 Louis Roederer Cristal
The Tsar's wine: Our House’s most famous wine was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the House’s best Cuvée for him every year. He was particularly fond of the House’s wine. To distinguish this Cuvée, this exceptional Champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous.
Perfect harmony: Produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (around 40%) and Pinot Noir (around 60%) grapes have attained perfect maturity, Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after dégorgement.
A symphony of purity and elegance: Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined Champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.
expert reviews about
2007 Louis Roederer Cristal
The radiance and richness the 2009 showed just a few months ago is not all evident. Instead, the 2009 comes across as tightly wound and in need of considerable cellaring. I expect it will drink well for a period measured in decades rather than years. The 2009 has always been quite exuberant, but for now, it looks the wine is going to need a bit of time before it is at its best. Readers should note that Roederer has decided to release the 2009 ahead of the 2008.2021 - 2049Antonio Galloni | Vinous, December 2016
Roederer has released the '09 before the '08 as it is an open, warm-year wine while '08 is a slow-ageing long-termer. Hints of mushroom and earth on the nose, which is a trifle closed and shy. The palate is very impressive: tremendous power, terrific acidity, incredibly length. "Invisible concentration"; "weightless density" were phrases tossed about. The power and impact of the wine are undeniable. The aromas and flavours are restrained and subtle, refined and tightly coiled. As usual, I have the feeling that the wine is released a bit young and will be worth waiting at least another year for.2018 - 2025
The complexity and youthful freshness here makes a striking Champagne that offers immense pleasure, and a certain richness and depth that reflect the style of the vintage with some warmth reflected in the wine. The nose has rich citrus and stone fruits, some white flowers, light, creamy honey notes and fresh, sweet pastry. Plenty of body on the palate: it has a wealth of assertive citrus and more exotic fruits too, the power and concentration undeniable, the length impressive and the balance impeccable. Already great drinking here.2017Good Wine Guide
This is easily the best we've seen since the scintillating 1996 Cristal! Intensity and fine concentration are the hallmarks of this fine champagne; chalky aromas, fine citrus and tight, minerally restraint. The palate is needle-like in its precision, piercing acidity and fine floral notes, clean and long. Not one to be missed.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009