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2009 Louis Roederer Cristal

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RRP $412.99 per bottle

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$312.99 (1 x 750ml)

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Yo, yo, yo! Here's a top shelf Champagne that has captivated a wide range of fans. Everyone from royalty to blinged up rappers has been seen drinking this, even Posh and Becks are big fans of Cristal, so why not put this celebrity Champagne in your fridge for a special occasion. It's powerful, opulent and graceful with white stone fruits, apples, orange and white florals decorating the nose, along with licks of buttery pastries. The palate is full-bodied and dry with those stone fruits and butter flavours coming through, together with fine mousse, a tight, citrusy acid backbone and dry, fruity finish.

expert reviews

James Suckling (2009 Vintage) says
A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavours. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now.
97
Wine Enthusiast (2009 Vintage) says
The latest incarnation of this famous Champagne now comes from Roederer's own vineyards, a good portion of which are run on biodynamic lines. This still-young wine has great depth and richness, a beautiful balance between ripe fruit and crisp texture that make it alive, crisp and bright. As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. Drink now if you must, but preferably wait until 2019.
97
Vinous - Antonio Galloni (2009 Vintage) says
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 - 2049
96
Huon Hooke (2009 Vintage) says
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
95
Mystery Reviewer (2009 Vintage) says
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 - 2049
Antonio Galloni | Vinous, December 2016
96
Huon Hooke (2009 Vintage) says
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
95
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
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.
2017
Good Wine Guide
96
Nick Stock (2002 Vintage) says
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
97

winemaker's notes

Grapes/Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.

Vintage: 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.

Winemaking: Cristal is a blend of Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. 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. The dosage is 8 g/l.

Tasting Notes: A yellow-gold colour with mat and amber tints. Persistent, brilliant, fine and lively bubbles. A subtle bouquet, simultaneously discreet and concentrated. It releases notes of citrus compote and candied apricots and evokes the sweetness of honeysuckle.
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.
In this Cristal 2009 there is a genuine force of life, an invitation to pleasure, and at the same time great depth and crystalline purity.

Alc/vol: 12.0%