White - Sparkling

2002 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut

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Community Tasting Notes 354

  • hajoha wrote: 97 points

    September 2, 2019 - Louis Roederer Cristal 2002.
    Så har vi vakre Cristal i glasset.
    Vinverdenens mest forførende og vakre vin.
    Ballerinaen over alle ballerinaer.
    Sensuell parfyme, Amalfi sitroner, blomster og frisk fjellluft.
    Flere lag.
    Sublim mousse.
    Vektløs intensitet som man bare finner i de beste Burgundere.
    Så leken - den vekker følelsene i deg.
    Er som å være forelsket.
    Ren som en fjellbekk.
    Denne er bare ungdommen og har masse mer å tilby.
    Laserskarp finish som varer og varer.
    Mineralitet og syre som dekker hver millimeter.
    En levende legende. 97p+

  • fclarity wrote: 95 points

    August 18, 2019 - I was trying to come up with a creative way to describe this Champagne which, I am pleased to say, I tried again.

    It is so seamless and so refined and yet so flavorful. Think of the smallest possible layer of custard cream on top of the smallest possible layer of ripe pears on top of the smallest possible layer of stone ground brioche.

    OK, it is not great but getting close. Have some yourself after leaving the bottle open (minus one glass) for at least 30 minutes BEFORE your start drinking the rest. This is at its peak.

  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    August 12, 2019 - 30th anniversary celebration weekend, so go big!

    I don't drink much Cristal, but this was not at all what I expected. It was a firm, steely, imposing wine for several hours. Eventually it opened up, and filled out, with tree fruit and light toast, though it never stopped being an imposing, powerful beast. Is this a phase, or is this what the 2002 Cristal is like? Doesn't seem like it would be much fun for anyone except a hard-core wine geek (e.g. me).

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  • jlgnml Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 18, 2019 - Summer of champagne 2002 vintage (Park Ridge Country Club): Good color and good palate feel, nutty with a hint of oxidation. Good spot to drink now.

  • BenBlu Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 17, 2019 - 2002 Vintage Champagne horizontal (Elystan Street, London): A lot of red apple, very (heart) warming charming but complex at the same time this champagne seemed to have an extra gear most others did not. A bit annoying really given that the Cristal 08 was clearly WOTN at the last vintage assessment, but truth be told under blind conditions it was probably my WOTN again. Oh boy... I do think though that Cristal 08 is even better!

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/12/2012 (link) 93 points

    (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

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/23/2010 (link) 91 points

    (Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color; reticent, apple nose; tasty, apple, peach, floral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/21/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color; lovely yeast, apple, lemon, baked lemon, mineral nose; tasty, delicate, bright lemon, mineral, vanilla, honey palate; medium-plus finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2010 (link) (18.5-19+) 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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color; reticent lemon, baked lemon, mineral nose; good tart lemon, mineral, chalk palate with depth; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/14/2009 (link) 91 points

    (Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Lovely creamy citrus, yeast nose; tart citrus, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Wine & Spirits Top 100 - Part 1, Episode #741, 9/23/2009 (link) 94+ points

    (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+

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut) Light yellow color; light, refined lemon nose; tasty, tight lemon and mineral palate, needs time; medium finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Louis Roederer
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation Cristal Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne
  • UPC Codes 3114087024358, 734599043055, 734599143052

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  • Pending Delivery 211 (2%)
  • In Cellars 6,213 (71%)
  • Consumed 2,286 (26%)

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