Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2008

$289.99

100 Points! Limited                                  The legendary Cristal Champagne now available for a limited time.  Treat yourself to one of the world's highest-rated and best Champagnes made. 100 Points James Suckling: "Disgorged October 2016 and will be the first Cristal to be released ten years from harvest when it is offered in 2018. 35 parcels used from a possible 45 in this vintage. The assemblage is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot Noir is a strong core and the Chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025." 100 Points Wine Enthusiast: "This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Drink from 2020." 97 Points Robert Parker: "It is a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 36 plots in seven grands crus: Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil, Avize and Cramant for the Chardonnay. Twenty-five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 16% underwent malolactic fermentation to moderate the fresh acidity of the 2008 vintage. The assemblage was bottled in May 2009. After 8.5 years on the second lees (longer than any Cristal before), the first release was disgorged in September 2017 with a relatively low dosage of 7.5 grams per liter. The 2008 Cristal opens bright, super clear, fresh and pure on the exciting, absolutely fascinating nose with its fine, complex and elegant bouquet of gorgeously ripe and matured fruits, brioche and chalk expressions. This is the finest you can get from Champagne. The palate is pure, lean, fresh and filigreed but concentrated, highly complex, full of tension and enormously vibrant. This is a great vin de terroir, a dense and elegant Super-Cristal that goes straight and precise as a laser beam over the palate but also has texture in the form of sensually fleshy fruit. The dosage, however, is the lowest ever: just 7.5 grams. The endless and highly tensioned finish is complex, citrusy fresh, full of chalk and crystalline finesse. The 2008 Cristal is a vitalizing drug, 'the Chevalier Montrachet of Champagne,' as Jean-Baptise Lécaillon puts it. It is the most exciting 2008 Champagne I have tasted thus far."

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Lasater Delectable Pro

Superb! Smashing bottle of Cristal. Rich with incredible tension and purity, embodies class and elegance. Leads with a gorgeous mixture of fruit and autolytic notes; fresh baked brioche, tangerine marmalade, lemon and orange curd, nougat, spun sugar, toasted hazelnuts, red currants, spring honey, fine layer of fragrant exotic fruit pineapple or quince. Beneath the complexity really gains with the chalky tones really driving the nose and plate. Crushed and damp chalk, struck stones, the slightest edge of sweet herbs and smoke. The subtle spice and floral elements add dimension. Structurally I fine it hard to describe because the acidity has so much momentum but there is sufficient impact and depth to suggest that it is a rich wine. Overall it is supremely elegant and still holding onto its coiled and youthful state. Great potential but the pedigree is there to admire now.

Superb! Smashing bottle of Cristal. Rich with incredible tension and purity, embodies class and elegance. Leads with a gorgeous mixture of fruit and autolytic notes; fresh baked brioche, tangerine marmalade, lemon and orange curd, nougat, spun sugar, toasted hazelnuts, red currants, spring honey, fine layer of fragrant exotic fruit pineapple or quince. Beneath the complexity really gains with the chalky tones really driving the nose and plate. Crushed and damp chalk, struck stones, the slightest edge of sweet herbs and smoke. The subtle spice and floral elements add dimension. Structurally I fine it hard to describe because the acidity has so much momentum but there is sufficient impact and depth to suggest that it is a rich wine. Overall it is supremely elegant and still holding onto its coiled and youthful state. Great potential but the pedigree is there to admire now.

9.9

ADAM STROMFELD Delectable Pro

Hmmm the never ending lunch! Clean and crisp tiny bubbles velvety citrus notes. Three bottles at lunch! Thank you Luca!

Hmmm the never ending lunch! Clean and crisp tiny bubbles velvety citrus notes. Three bottles at lunch! Thank you Luca!

9.5

Seth Morgen Long Delectable Pro

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

I get the hype, lovely electricity.

I get the hype, lovely electricity.

9.6

Craig Mitchell Delectable Pro

Stunning acid line with creamy cheesy toasty flavours. Gorgeous wine.

Stunning acid line with creamy cheesy toasty flavours. Gorgeous wine.

9.6

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Light. full and pretty. Loads of life both now and ahead. More ahead. Wonderful- one for the ages.

Light. full and pretty. Loads of life both now and ahead. More ahead. Wonderful- one for the ages.

9.4

Ira Schwartz Delectable Pro

The hype is real , endless finish

The hype is real , endless finish

9.6

Peter Marks Delectable Pro

Master of Wine, Educator Constellation Brands

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Aged 10 years on the yeast. Subtle and rich and the same time, with superb balance and length. Seems a shame to drink now.; best to wait 5-10 years.

60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Aged 10 years on the yeast. Subtle and rich and the same time, with superb balance and length. Seems a shame to drink now.; best to wait 5-10 years.

9.2

Jeremy Noye Delectable Pro

CEO Morrell & Company

One of the greatest young Champagnes I’ve ever had and by far the finest Cristal. An epic wine. Can’t wait to see it in 10years. Power. Depth. Length. Texture is supple. Salty. Savory. Lemon rind. Has it all.

One of the greatest young Champagnes I’ve ever had and by far the finest Cristal. An epic wine. Can’t wait to see it in 10years. Power. Depth. Length. Texture is supple. Salty. Savory. Lemon rind. Has it all.

9.8

Evan Bienstock

Accepted a new job after 4 months of interviews (at 1 place), so we figured that was a 2008 Cristal moment. Believe the hype. This is terrific. Period. Best champagne I’ve had in ... ever...?

Accepted a new job after 4 months of interviews (at 1 place), so we figured that was a 2008 Cristal moment. Believe the hype. This is terrific. Period. Best champagne I’ve had in ... ever...?

9.9

Stephen Redenbaugh

Near perfection! Light, ethereal, lively balanced acidity. Still a bit young, but absolutely stunning with best restaurant impression of traditional Thanksgiving I’ve ever had. Thanks for so much!

Near perfection! Light, ethereal, lively balanced acidity. Still a bit young, but absolutely stunning with best restaurant impression of traditional Thanksgiving I’ve ever had. Thanks for so much!

9.8

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