Grapes: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Region: France> Champagne> Montagne de Reims, Vallee de Marne, and Cotes des Blancs. Notes: All Grand Cru Vineyards, 32% vinified in oak cask, 100% Biodynamic farming, no malolactic fermentation.
Description: Louis Roederer was established in 1827 by Alsace born Louis Roederer. After the Napoleonic wars Roederer built a relationship selling to the Romanoff family of Russia. Then and now Cristal has been bottled in a clear bottle at the request of the Tsar of Russian. This would in effect give transparency to safeguard against a plot to kill the king. The Roederer and Bouzaud families have kept control of its company since being established. Widow Camille Olry-Roederer guided the house during the depression and her keen business mind guided the house to purchase as many Grand Cru vineyards in Montagne de Reims, Marne Valley, and the best chalky vineyards in Cote des Blancs. Cristal is probably the most sought after prestige Cuvee in the World. Camille Olry- Roederer's grandson has been in control of the estate for the last 40 years and earned the nickname, "King of Champagne". 2012 was one of the most challenging and complicated years ever experienced in Champagne. However, difficult conditions often lead to great things…The low yields, due to the unpredictable weather, combined with continental conditions toward the end of the season, created unusual levels of maturity, resulting in rich, full-bodied and structured wines worthy of the greatest vintages in Champagne. Golden yellow in color with glistening gold tints. Incredibly dynamic effervescence, so lively you can almost hear it! Rich and complex aromas with notes of zesty and candied fruit (lemon) mingled with pollen (white flowers), roasted hazelnut and Madagascar vanilla. After aeration, the bouquet develops rich notes of fresh pastries and smoky notes from bottle aging. A delicious, concentrated and chalky palate. It shows incredible tension and perfectly honed aromatic precision.