Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2008

$269

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. Wine Enthusiast

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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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