Louis Roederer


Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 |Prestige

Louis Roederer

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012

Prestige

$399.95
  • 100% Biodynamically farmed fruit
  • 60% Pinot noir and 40% Chardonnay 
  • A wine to cellar and collect as this will need time to mellow 

We are thrilled to get our hands on the latest release of Cristal from the prestigious Maison of Louis Roederer. 

After the huge success of the 2008 vintage release that needed more time on it's lees, Champagne saw another remarkable harvest - 2012 which yielded a complex, rich and beautifully balanced wine that is highly mineral and laden with electric acidity. 

With a wine like this, time and air will assist in revealing this multi-layered and vinous cuvée. The aromas begin to dart out of the glass in every direction. Expect aromas of fresh almond, red cherry, white peach, lemon and crisp orchard fruit. Patisserie and white florals also unfurl leaving the mouth watering with it's persistent chalkiness and vivacious mineral intensity.

Whilst we urge you to get your hands on this before our allocation sells out, we will say that "good things come to those who wait". Buy to cellar even if it is for a couple of years. This can quite easily last 10-15 years or more. 

Summary of the wine: 60% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay; a pool of 50 hectares of vines averaging 42 years of age on the most chalky mid-slopes, yielding 50% less than the appellation; 100% biodynamic vineyards, 16% fermented in 60-hL casks; No malolactic fermentation; 7.5g/L dosage; typically 150,000–300,000 bottles. 7-8 years on lees.

  • Jancis Robinson 19/20
  • Vinous 98 points
  • James Suckling 98 points
  • Robert Parker 97 points

This house has serious pedigree and a long history of making outstanding wines. Louis Roederer is still family owned and run and has a significant land holding of over 230 hectares allowing them to supply 70% of their grape requirements with excellent fruit. We are impressed by Louis Roederer’s increasing commitment to exploring biodynamics, both with treatment of their vast vineyard holdings plus the recent acquisition of a 15 hectare biodynamic parcel from Leclerc Briant. A relatively small 3 million bottles per annum of production are exported, largely to the USA. 

Take this prestige cuvée to another level and serve with caviar. Take the caviar straight from the back of the hand so that you can appreciate its beauty. Please ensure that the wine is served in an Emperor tulip or a white wine glass to allow the cuvée to show you its true potential. 

About the house

This house has serious pedigree and a long history of making outstanding wines. Louis Roederer is still family owned and run and has a significant land holding of over 230 hectares allowing them to supply 70% of their grape requirements with excellent fruit. We are impressed by Louis Roederer’s increasing commitment to exploring biodynamics, both with treatment of their vast vineyard holdings plus the recent acquisition of a 15 hectare biodynamic parcel from Leclerc Briant. A relatively small 3 million bottles per annum of production are exported, largely to the USA. 

Food Suggestion 

Take this prestige cuvée to another level and serve with caviar. Take the caviar straight from the back of the hand so that you can appreciate its beauty. Please ensure that the wine is served in an Emperor tulip or a white wine glass to allow the cuvée to show you its true potential. 

Descriptors & Texture


Rich Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-maturation Biodynamic

Earth


Mineral Chalky

Stone Fruit


Peach Red Cherry

Citrus Fruit


Citrus

Nut


Almond