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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 53 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerLouis Roederer (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationCristal Brut
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)3114082143054, 734599043055

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2028 (based on 24 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 171 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 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. (204 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! (475 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! (1539 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. (1603 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 (2120 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. (2663 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. (2289 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. (2205 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. (1724 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. (1588 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. (1488 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. (1336 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. (1997 views)
 Tasted by asparagus on 12/5/2014 & rated 93 points: tightly wound, citrus infused notes, laser like precision. Took more than 2 hours to open up. this is very young, but already a lovely champagne. (2363 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/1/2014 & rated 94 points: This is now hitting is stride and feels inside its drinking window. Rich, yeasty and toasty., very giving at this full, good ripe fruit across and very vibrant. Felt older than a 2004 but we are getting the feeling that 2004 champagnes are in general a lot more fwd (Dom 04 maybe the exception) and so is this Cristal. Post the fanfare and the clubbing scene this is a superb wine. 93-95 (3001 views)
 Tasted by MWiking on 8/29/2014 & rated 94 points: näsan: rökig, kex, väldigt sluten till en början, kaffe och rostade fat kommer efter en stund i glaset, även bränt gummi och röda vingummi. Gröna äpplen och en aning mint.
Vinet är på tok för ungt och behöver nog mycket tid för att öppna upp på riktigt och ge ifrån sig det man förväntar sig 94-96+ kommer troligen bli mycket bättre med tiden. (3680 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 8/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Complex and nuanced nose displaying lovely white flowers, white stonefruits, tropical fruit mix, rubber, smoke, toasted bread, yeast and some pepper.
Intriguing mix of scents.
On the palate this lovely Cristal have a firm mousse, high and fresh piercing acidity, sweet green apples, creamy fat stonefruits, bread, butter, fat chalky minerals, some sweetness mixed with a touch of bitterness on the long and complex finish.
Very, very good Champagne.
Has developed allot since last bottle I had, not to mention the first one, about 2 years ago.
Still young, lovely right now, and with a very bright future ahead.
Worldclass stuff! (2864 views)
 Tasted by Patrik H on 8/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Pale yellow color
Deg.?
On the nose, gum, yeast, hint of smoke, mushroom forest, green apples
On the palate, Green apples, bread, biscuit, stone mineral, gum, nuts and mint. Very present acid. Will be a stunner within 5-10 years.
Very complex
Long finish
94+ (2843 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 8/28/2014 & rated 93 points: I doften gröna äpple, gummi, brioche, soya och tydlig mineralitet.
I smaken friska gröna äpple, lite rökig, tydlig vass syra men ändå lite smörig smak med väldigt fin balans. (3466 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 6/10/2014: Decent, but I continue to rate this lower than most do. (3442 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 5/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice and light. Crisp apple and yeasty nose, and still quite young. It was tasty, but I think I prefer more aged notes on my champagne. (2485 views)
 Tasted by paolonardi on 5/22/2014 & rated 94 points: Champagne: Deg. fine/2012. Crema di limone, ostriche, prato falciato, roccia bianca, muschio fresco, buccia di agrume, affilato, raffinato, pulito. perfettamente coerente con il naso con il finale di una bell'ostrica. Da assaggiare tra qualche anno, lunghezza e volume encomiabile (3090 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 5/4/2014 & rated 91 points: The 2004 Crystal had a nice opening nose (of Chardonnay and bread), a tad young on the palate, but still an excellent Champagne. (2773 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 3/20/2014 & rated 95 points: Dinner at Megumi (Megumi, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore): This was a remarkably good. Good enough to put a great bottle of 1999 Pol Roger Winston Churchill in its shadow. It was actually surprisingly developed and open for such a young Cristal. It had beautiful nose, with lovely shades of cream and butter and coconut milk, white flowers, some yeasty aromas, then a touch of clove and nutmeg spice drifting around a rich core of white fruited scents. An amazing nose. Young Cristals can sometimes be all air and elegance and little else, but the palate on this one already had so much going on. It certainly had typical Cristal elegance, but it was surprisingly rich and generous; rich enough in fact for it match the impressively powerful and weighty Winston Churchill stride for stride. Here though, the depth was wed to a sweeping grace - while there was a pleasantly plump voluptuousness and lovely natural sweetness to the wine's flavours of ripe red apples and hints of strawberry fruit, it was all beautifully controlled and structured, with a lemony grip and a solid underlying minerality combining with a super-fine mousse to give the palate a real sense of finesse and style in spite of its generously yummy flavours. Think of a Herve Leger dress wrapped tightly around a beautiful hour-glass figure, with not an inch of extra flab anywhere. This was a sexy, stylish Champagne. A long and grippy, yet very elegant finish then glided away on a bed gentle minerality. What a great wine. Already complex and generous, but this has the bones to age for a long, long time to come. Bravo. (4636 views)
 Tasted by bill00 on 3/12/2014 & rated 94 points: Similar notes to a bottle a few months ago. Lots of creamy lemon, pear and yeast. Drinking well young. (2627 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/17/2012)
(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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