2009 Louis Roederer Cristal
Cristal is the pinnacle of the Roederer family and a world leader in Champagne excellence. This glistening drop has the most refined, soft bubbles that carry the heavenly lemon, orange, lily and hazelnut aromas to an explosive intensity, opening up to peaches, apricots, melon and mango. The mouth-feel is rounded, complex and full of concentrated fruit. This is the ultimate Champagne for life’s most special moments.
Winemaker's Comments: The wine is aged for 6 years in the cellars and left for a minimum of 8 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity.
Grapes/Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
Vinification: Cristal is a blend of Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.
Maturation: The wine is aged for 6 years in the cellars and left for a minimum of 8 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity.
Appearance: A yellow-gold colour with matte and amber tints. Persistent, brilliant, fine and lively bubbles.
Aroma: A subtle bouquet, simultaneously discreet and concentrated. It releases notes of citrus compote and candied apricots and evokes the sweetness of honeysuckle.
Palate: When aerated, notes of vanilla-edged cocoa bean emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon. The palate is structured, energetic and sculpted. An initial dense, ripe and silky sensation is amplified by the discovery of a chalky, cherry freshness, a powdered, almost mentholated brightness. The feeling is delicate and ethereal, a succession of delicious and colourful textures perfectly integrated within the lightness and finesse of the wine... an invitation on a journey of discovery. The bright personality of Cristal then appears, simultaneously pure and sharp, in a finish focused once again on chalk, energy and grain.
Vintage Notes: A continental, sunny year with a real winter that was very cold and dry followed by a glorious sun-filled summer and almost no rain in August and September. All this meant traditional vine growth, excellent health and remarkable grape ripeness for the production of dense, fruity and delicious wines. 2009 is an obvious addition to the select group of brilliant and accomplished Champagne vintages with a light, sunny character.
expert reviews about
2009 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