Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 | Rare Single Magnums
Subtle amber yellow colour. On the nose there are delicious hints of apricots, tropical fruits and jersey cream. This open ripeness continues in the mouth with flavours of guava and mango. Deliciously generous with broad ripeness and subtle characteristics of Moroccan spice. As Eric Rouzaud family member says this Cristal is wine focusing around discreet density , for me it is flamboyance without excess. A hugely rewarding prestige cuvee and totally ready to drink now.
Tense and lifted on the nose. So very different from the vintage: much more finesse. Racy and elegant. Masses of acidity and tension. Lighter in texture than the vintage. A racy thoroughbred. So refined but very youthful.
A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now.
The 2009 Cristal literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages. [NB this note was written from a sample tasted in 2010]
Translusent, shimmering gold indicates a wine of poised ripeness; beautiful scents of orange blossom merge with sense of great chalky terroir. The purity and sublime texture of the mouthfeel owes a lot to non-malolactic winemaking which maintains freshness after the uninterrupted warmth of summer to harvest end. Also it also shows the essential true fruit now and for 20 years to come. Long lingering finish. A great supremely elegant Champagne.
Pale straw colour with gold and amber lights. Persistent, brilliant, fine and lively bubbles. A subtle bouquet, both discreet and promising, with citrus notes and hints of golden fruit and honeysuckle. As the wine opens in the glass, notes of vanilla emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon. The palate is structured, energetic and sculpted. The first impression of a ripe and silky texture is amplified by a chalky, crisp brightness and a herbal freshness followed by a succession of delicious and colourful textures perfectly integrated within the lightness and finesse of the wine. The bright personality of Cristal then appears, simultaneously pure and crisp, with a finish focused once again on chalk, energy and a fine texture. In this Cristal 2009 there is a genuine force of life, a sheer delight, and at the same time great depth and crystalline purity. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, chef de cave, Louis Roederer