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White - Sparkling

1981 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

Champagne Blend

  • France
  • Champagne
Drink between 2010 - 2020 (Edit)
CT92.5 19 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 17

  • peternelson Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 16, 2020 - Dark sauterne color, did not look good; some aged oxy notes on the nose but not strong, bubbles are gone, nutty pecan and roasted almond notes, slight sherry thing but in check; med. mouthfeel, good weight, with an incredible long tangy finish, sign of pedigree. This was really fun, at first not disappointed that it "was not horrible" based on the color and obvious signs of oxidation, but after sitting with this for 20 or so minutes, it really was lovely, full of character, with that nice finish, and slight caramel/sour apple notes. Sandy's old champagnes dinner.

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    December 4, 2018 - Wine Workshop: An evening with Cristal (Atera - 77 Worth Street in NYC): Very fun and nice to get to try a birth year wine again. This was well aged. Lots of caramel and some oxidation and served a bit cold so some of the flavors a touch muted and didn't have as much time to warm up as some of the others. Still, an enjoyable wine as they all were.

  • BradE wrote:

    September 14, 2018 - Interestingly, this had lost all of its effervescence, but the underlying flat wine was moderately enjoyable.

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    March 30, 2018 - A Few Favorite Wines (Vaucluse): We all agreed this was basically a caramel apple crumble with a touch of cinnamon in the glass. Obviously a dry style, but there was a bit of sweetness to it. Started and ended the dinner with it. Out of a magnum. There was some concern that it was 'over the hill', but I like that aged champagne flavor. Interesting finish where the primary part ends a bit quickly, but there's this background flavor that just keeps going and going. Very much enjoyed. And who doesn't like birth year bubbles?

  • tooch wrote: 92 points

    January 9, 2016 - Bye Bye Timmy (Convivial - Washington, D.C.): From magnum. Changed a lot over the course of the evening. At first I thought there was a hint of cork taint, but that seemed to blow off. Then I got the feeling I was dealing with an oxidized bottle as flavors of honey and butterscotch seemed to emerge. Sat the bottle aside, and about 2 hours later revisited it. Much cleaner, and fresher. Florals, pears, and minerals took center stage. Ended up really nice...good balance and depth. Just needed some air, I guess.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Cristal – The 1980s…A Decade of Change (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1981
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Louis Roederer
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation Cristal Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (2%)
  • In Cellars 51 (60%)
  • Consumed 32 (38%)

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