Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2012

$299.99

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 Wine & Spirits: "If a wine could ever make you want to pull the top down on your '68 Ferrari convertible, rip off the rearview mirror and take off, this is it. It has a different kind of energy than the '02 Cristal, which is more ethereal, like strawberries at the right hand of some ancient Gallic god. This is more insolent, brash, earth bound. All the scents and flavors seem to emanate frm limestone, as does the acidity, which hits at the front of the mouth and powers through the wine with the kind of solar energy that lifts mist off the white chalk on a cool morning in Cramant. The wine goes on for miles. It's already irresistible, and will only improve with ten, 20, 30 and 40 years of age." 98 Points Wine Enthusiast: "...an exceptional wine..." 96 Points Robert Parker: "This is a wine of incredible finesse, length and balance that promises to develop beautifully over the next several decades."

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Ratings on Delectable

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Gloriously fresh and vigorous. Zesty lemon, limestone. Packed with energy and life. Great acidity. Excellent

Gloriously fresh and vigorous. Zesty lemon, limestone. Packed with energy and life. Great acidity. Excellent

9.4

Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

The 2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Chanpagne is a thrilling, dense new offering from this historic house. On the nose this takes on rich brioche and baked Pazzaz apple flavors that combine with lighter kumquat and marzipan tones that all meld in the glass. Fresh and vibrant, with a remarkably silky mousse, the weight and richness of this wine is impressive, while the bright character provides a wonderful foil. Rich layers of lemon zest dusted brioche with toasted hazelnut and Gravenstein apple with lighter vanilla cream and starfruit tones seamlessly combine on the palate. As several hours develop, the wine pieces itself together more magically with the intense citrus components melding with its weighty stature. Marvelous at this stage in its development, the 2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Chanpagne will have an exceedingly long life ahead of it. Try to give this at least another year of bottle development before savoring. Drink 2021-2040- 97

The 2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Chanpagne is a thrilling, dense new offering from this historic house. On the nose this takes on rich brioche and baked Pazzaz apple flavors that combine with lighter kumquat and marzipan tones that all meld in the glass. Fresh and vibrant, with a remarkably silky mousse, the weight and richness of this wine is impressive, while the bright character provides a wonderful foil. Rich layers of lemon zest dusted brioche with toasted hazelnut and Gravenstein apple with lighter vanilla cream and starfruit tones seamlessly combine on the palate. As several hours develop, the wine pieces itself together more magically with the intense citrus components melding with its weighty stature. Marvelous at this stage in its development, the 2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Chanpagne will have an exceedingly long life ahead of it. Try to give this at least another year of bottle development before savoring. Drink 2021-2040- 97

9.7

Ira Schwartz Delectable Pro

It is almost unfair to rate this. A welcoming nose of citrus and apples leads to an austere mineral driven palate. The finish is suffocated by an unyielding youthful structure . It did not feel like this vintage had the robust levels of acidity that the 2008 demonstrated..

It is almost unfair to rate this. A welcoming nose of citrus and apples leads to an austere mineral driven palate. The finish is suffocated by an unyielding youthful structure . It did not feel like this vintage had the robust levels of acidity that the 2008 demonstrated..

9.2

Shengli Hu Delectable Pro

Austere, minerals, tart citrus, and white flowers. Elevated/high acidity. Wait another 20 years....

Austere, minerals, tart citrus, and white flowers. Elevated/high acidity. Wait another 20 years....

8.9

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

A really approachable nose. Zesty citrus a slate. Lovely sweetness and driving acidity. Long and intense, this has great material but is surprisingly open now

A really approachable nose. Zesty citrus a slate. Lovely sweetness and driving acidity. Long and intense, this has great material but is surprisingly open now

9.3

Sander Schaap

95+

95+

9.5

Neil Cornish

2012. Green apple. Super crisp and precise. Has great material, but still pretty subdued. Give it time

2012. Green apple. Super crisp and precise. Has great material, but still pretty subdued. Give it time

9.2

Naoki Kondo

Wow.. colored gold, honey, butter, and apricots on nose. Wow..

Wow.. colored gold, honey, butter, and apricots on nose. Wow..

9.5

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