Louis Roederer


Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque 1995 Champagne |Prestige |1995

Louis Roederer

Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque 1995 Champagne

Prestige 1995

$3,350.00

- One of the most prestigious and sought after champagne in the world

- Aged 20 years in Louis Roederer cellars

- A wine to cellar and collect as this will need time to mellow

This is an extremely rare champagne, therefore a 1 bottle per person limit exists.

The 1995 vintage is the reflection of this very classic year in Champagne. The weather conditions created an exceptionally elegant wine structured by a lovely acidity and remarkable aromatic complexity. Its perfectly balanced maturity and well-integrated flavours have been brought out even further by the Côte des Blancs Chardonnays and a small proportion of Pinots noirs grown in chalky soil.

Cristal Vinothèque 1995 celebrates the astonishing story of a very small number of bottles, stored in the Louis Roederer cellars for 20 years in the quest for perfect harmony. This cuvée is bottle-aged for 10 years before being left to rest for a further 10 years after disgorging. The dosage is 8 g/l.

Golden hue with bright amber tints. Gentle, ultra fine and even bubbles. The complex bouquet is reminiscent of juicy, ripe, almost exotic fruit (mango), cocoa beans and white chocolate with a hint of smoke. Aeration takes the intensity up a notch as sweeter, deeper aromas of malt and black truffle start to emerge. These are testament to the extra years spent ageing on the lees created by the second fermentation. This depth of aroma is complete, more mature, rare and captivating.

The palate is velvety and sensual, precise yet mellow. The bubbles are so fine as to be almost sheer, caressing and ethereal, like an array of delicate silk veils in a myriad of shades. The palate is exceptionally precise, with the various elements concentrated to the point of retaining only the wine’s essence: a powdery and chalky texture – harking back to the limestone soils of the Cristal vineyards – and an elegant, long, refined freshness. The wine’s length and graceful tension create a real sensation of tranquillity.

 

    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. 

     

    The Champagne Guide 2021, Tyson Stelzer 
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque 1995, 98 points

    Just 600 bottles of the stunning 1995 vintage were held back for Roederer’s first ever Vinothèque re-release of Cristal. This late-disgorged, lower-dosage rendition is testimony to the magical transformation of Cristal with bottle age. Few will have the chance to partake, but we can all be inspired to have the stamina to leave the great vintages of Cristal in our cellars for 20 years, the age at which Lécaillon finds an ideal balance of youth and evolution. After more than two decades, this classic and benchmark season has attained a magical place of ravishingly silky refinement, perfectly seamless, yet still breathtakingly backward, lively and refined. Its youthful clarity and focus are disarming, holding a hue brighter even than the 2002 today, and wafting with classic Roederer struck-flint and grilled-toast reduction. Stunning poise and harmony define a finish of outstanding persistence, with an ever-present undercurrent of fine salty chalk acidity that ripples with grand complexity and drive.

     

    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. 

     

    Reviews

    The Champagne Guide 2021, Tyson Stelzer 
    Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque 1995, 98 points

    Just 600 bottles of the stunning 1995 vintage were held back for Roederer’s first ever Vinothèque re-release of Cristal. This late-disgorged, lower-dosage rendition is testimony to the magical transformation of Cristal with bottle age. Few will have the chance to partake, but we can all be inspired to have the stamina to leave the great vintages of Cristal in our cellars for 20 years, the age at which Lécaillon finds an ideal balance of youth and evolution. After more than two decades, this classic and benchmark season has attained a magical place of ravishingly silky refinement, perfectly seamless, yet still breathtakingly backward, lively and refined. Its youthful clarity and focus are disarming, holding a hue brighter even than the 2002 today, and wafting with classic Roederer struck-flint and grilled-toast reduction. Stunning poise and harmony define a finish of outstanding persistence, with an ever-present undercurrent of fine salty chalk acidity that ripples with grand complexity and drive.

     

    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. 

     

    Technical Details

    43% chardonnay, 57% pinot noir; 7% vinified in oak casks; 10% malolactic fermentation; aged 8 years sur latte, 8 years sur pointe and 7 years on cork; 8g/L dosage; 600 bottles.

    Descriptors & Texture


    Rich

    Winemaking


    Barrel-maturation Biodynamic

    Earth


    Mineral Chalky

    Foods


    Honey

    Citrus Fruit


    Citrus

    Nut


    Almond