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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 81 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerLouis Roederer (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationCristal Brut
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)3114082143054, 734599043055, 734599143052

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2029 (based on 29 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Roederer Cristal on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 184 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Goldstone on 1/22/2016 & rated 94 points: Surprisingly advanced straw gold colour. Very lively initial mousse but in a wine glass it dissipates almost immediately into masses of centrally focused streams of minuscule bubbles. Nose is BLAM!...a huge hit of Epsom Salts, ozone spray and fresh-splintered oyster shells then it tones down to toasty brown bread but still with mainly high piano notes....already quite complex although still very young and unevolved. Palate is pinprickly effervescent on the tongue and across the mouth, quite distinctively oaked, smoky, some toffee popcorn and with very distinct gunflint on the finish....marvelous! There is a resonant headiness on the finale and considerable reverberance. Gosh.... this is really lovely and I would say it is much more masculine than I normally associate with Cristal. This bottle was gifted to me and I would normally divert to the 2002 but this has made me think again and I should buy some. (923 views)
 Tasted by neilemc on 12/31/2015 & rated 98 points: Effervescent crystal yellow. Strong nose of brioche, poached pear, and nutmeg. Powerhouse palate: apple zest, baking yeast, concentrated extraction, decadent wealth. Excellent vintage. I would rather drink one of these than a year of cheap champagne! (1037 views)
 Tasted by Adalbert on 12/25/2015 & rated 91 points: Dry, very smooth finish (1201 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 11/29/2015 & rated 93 points: While I often think Cristal is over hyped, there are times you experience the Champagne in such a way that you question that statement. Last night was one. The Cristal was exceptional with full mouth feel, creaminess with brioche, lemon curd and citrus flavors. The key was the balance in this champagne between acidity and minerality. The wines was silky and elegant with a lingering finish. (1718 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 11/28/2015: Intense nose with brioche and yellow fruits. Cristaline in character with an intense mousse and great acidity. A great bottle of 04. (1535 views)
 Tasted by adams.damiani on 9/13/2015 & rated 94 points: Fantastic. Young and fresh (2654 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 9/5/2015: Fresh nose, zesty in the mouth with nice citrus, anise, and nuttiness. Complex. (2399 views)
 Tasted by sdr on 8/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Typical easy drinking Cristal although not otherwise memorable. (2565 views)
 Tasted by Dbrane on 8/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Very light straw color. Expressive on the nose. Palate very intense and almost full-bodied. Not as round as Krug. Quite a bit of acidity and freshness here. Good drinking by itself without food. (2443 views)
 Tasted by Nicholas81 on 8/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Upon the first pour, there were huge yeasty aromas that covered the lemon, citrus and floral aromas that appeared after some time. The palate was quite big, fresh and full with good acidity but at the same time pretty elegant and seamless. Has the potential for further ageing. (2209 views)
 Tasted by larsmello on 7/31/2015 & rated 94 points: Very good as in previous tasting. Citrus, yeasty nose with a mineral note. Probably at its best. Drink up. (1759 views)
 Tasted by Le Gaulois on 7/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Nez sur les noix de pin et un peu de levure. En bouche c’est très fin, les bulles sont fines mais courtes. Bonne acidité donnant une longueur intéressante. Excellent! (1699 views)
 Tasted by TOTOM on 7/3/2015 & rated 94 points: 11sec finish (1266 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 6/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Hunan and the Gang... (Fresno, Ca.): Wonderfully fresh and zesty…lemon curd, ginger spice, airy mousse, flowers…long finish. Tasty! (2264 views)
 Tasted by DarinC on 6/16/2015 & rated 93 points: More rich and intense than the 2006. Balanced, beautiful, and drinks great now! (770 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 5/27/2015: This was a slightly advanced bottle missing a bit of verve but delicious none the less. Loads of yellow fruit just missing on the acidity and citrus. (2170 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 4/16/2015 & rated 90 points: Clean toast and brioche; a hint of citrus; lovely mouthfeel; less complex and a bit sweeter than I expected (2561 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 3/10/2015: Rich and quite expansive. It showed notes of aniseed, bread and white peach and was extremely long. (2951 views)
 Tasted by steinersing on 3/6/2015 & rated 93 points: like this better than 05 or 06 - seems to have a lot in store. well crafted. (2558 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 3/5/2015: Ah yeah I love this wine. A little toast on the nose with white flowers and a hint of citrus. The palate is rather full for a champagne with great mouth filling tiny bubbles and flavors all over the citrus and yellow orchard map. So clean on the finish. Love it. (2511 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 2/28/2015 & rated 94 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): Faint nose of brioche, citrus and flowers. A little sweeter than the '06 with a nice balanced palate. (2168 views)
 Tasted by rwstorer on 2/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Nose of cream and green apples. Flavors of clove, tart green apple and a touch of floral honey. Nice, pinpoint bubbles and very enjoyable to drink now. (1842 views)
 Tasted by Mark81 on 2/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Bright yellow. Yeasty nose, very primary and acidic with lots of lemon, Chinese pears, green apples. This was really young and slightly sharp for a Cristal, it really needs time. On the palate, there are lots of minerals, crushed rocks, stone and acidic fruit. Touch of roughness and bitterness right at the back palate. This should be much better with extended cellar time. (1760 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 2/14/2015 & rated 94 points: Pear, lemon peel, oyster shell, and warm brioche. Very focused on the front of the palate but then broadens to provide a chewy and reasonably long finish. Opened up considerably after one hour. (1601 views)
 Tasted by rloy on 1/1/2015 & rated 94 points: Full bodied with intense flavor. Aroma predominantly of smoke with a hint of mushroom. Flavors of green apple and citrus. Finish approximately 15-20 seconds. (2242 views)
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By Richard Jennings
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(Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light lemon yellow color with tiny bubbles; appealing, yeasty, ripe pear, poached pear nose; yeasty, tart pear, peach, mineral palate with lift; medium-plus finish  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/12/2011)
(Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color with tiny bubbles; light, yeasty, delicate, apple nose; tasty, poised, tart apple, tart pear palate; delicious now but will benefit from aging as well; medium-plus finish (55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay)  93 points
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Louis Roederer

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2004 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut


CRISTAL 2004
Harvesting:
A classic, generous year, yielding both quantity and quality. 2004 followed the same climatic trends as 2002: cool, moderate temperatures throughout the season; and a considerably reduced rainfall (by about 30%) during the growing cycle, which, despite a particularly cold and rainy month of August, was fortunately followed by a dry and sunny September, ripening the grapes off impressively. The Louis Roederer vineyard team worked intensively in this period, and by the 20th September the grapes had attained a “vintage” balance, combining maturity and freshness.

Production:
In 1876, Tsar Alexander II was already a great fan of Louis Roederer’s champagne and he asked Louis Roederer to “go one step further” and produce, for his own personal consumption, a wine unique in quality and bottle. Louis Roederer offered to create an exceptional white crystal bottle to house the best selection from the 7 finest vineyards of his estate, thus creating the first Prestige cuvee of Champagne. This wine is only produced in the “great” years when the ripeness of the Chardonnay and Pinot noir enables a subtle, precise balance.

Style:
Cristal 2004 - incisive, seductive and delicious - has a “slender”, almost “living” freshness. Highly contemporary in its harmony and immediate seductiveness, it nevertheless remains first and foremost a great classic of northern Champagne, combining freshness, energy and an almost chalky mineral quality. The Cristal hallmarks are evident: purity, precision and the unique harmony of flavours associated with the subtle power of our historic vines, located on the finest Champagne Grand Cru terroirs.

Elaboration:
The blend is composed of 55% Pinot noir and 45% Chardonnay (20% of which is matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage). No malolactic fermentation occurs. Cristal is produced using harvests from the finest vineyards of Montagne de Reims, the Vallee de la Marne and the Cote des Blancs. Cristal ages an average of 5 years in the cellars and rests 8 months after disgorgement to perfect its maturity. The dosage of between 8 and 10 g/l is customized to complement each vintage.

Tasting Notes:
Brilliant yellow colour displaying light amber nuances, combined with an ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence. There’s an intense, highly expressive bouquet on the first nose! The aromatic elegance and precision of Chardonnay is apparent: white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes, the aromas move on to more confit, lightly grilled hints. The bouquet is rich and sweet, almost generous, remaining precise and impeccably refined. The bite in the mouth is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot, mango and others. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft – and typical of great Pinot noir – is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, bringing the wine alive with minerality. The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavours, senses and silky textures...
Absolute sensuality.
Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon

Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Champagne

Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Champagne

The vineyards of Champagne on weinlagen-info

 
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