Opened on our anniversary last Thursday. Based on a bottle tasted a couple years ago, I wasn't too excited about this, seemed a little simple then. However, when we opened this, I was pleasantly surprised, a little more complexity and a lot more acidic bite than I had expected. This wine is so clearly not yet at peak, and it's interesting how very evident that is. Normally, with some young CA Cabernet or Burgundy, drinking young has so much intrigue that I really wonder how much better, if it all, the wine will improve or show after 10 or 20 years. With this Cristal, there is some pleasure in drinking it now, but you can hardly swallow the stuff without it trying to climb back out of your throat. Clearly excellent, but demands about 5-10 additional years of cellaring before hitting its prime window.
Some Champagnes: My fault, this should not have been opened, far too young. Minerals, lemon and slight orange. So intense that just sipping is best. Very high acidity, big mousse. Extremely promising. Alas, my only bottle.
Drank over two days. Louis Roederer website has this as a 2008 disgorge. Day one had lime and toast on the nose. The palate was like a tart chardonnay, which probably doesn't sound like giving it due justice but it was a very fine and uplifting tartness. Day two had more green apple on a wider, perfumed nose. Drinking it was somewhat similar to a grand cru Burgundy experience in the finesse, class and perfume this wine gave off.
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(Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light straw yellow color with steady stream of very tiny bubbles; lifted, tart lemon, ginger, mineral nose; delicious, ginger, tart lemon, mineral palate with vibrant medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points
(Roederer Cristal) This is generally a blend of about 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay, the exact numbers varying with the vintage but Pinot always has the upper hand. A very finely defined nose with ethereal white fruit and floral elements. The palate is very harmonious, broadening out beautifully from a crisp, floral beginning. Very nicely composed, expressive yet firm and upright. I've heard criticism of this vintage but this is showing very well here - but it warrants some cellar time. Really a superb effort which will drink beautifully for years.
(Louis Roederer Cristal) #2; COLOR-golden; NOSE-crushed rock; walnut shell; bright; PALATE-this is a spectacular effort; showing extremely well; great vintage; will try tomorrow and score it again; W&S-100; GV-94+
(Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color; light, refined lemon nose; tasty, tight lemon and mineral palate, needs time; medium finish 92+ pts.
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