Louis Roederer inherited the family champagne business in 1833 and started buying the best vineyards he could acquire: unusual for the time, as most houses bought all their fruit from growers. In the late 19th century exports grew and a special cuvée - Cristal - was introduced for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Another descendant created what became the non-vintage Brut Premier ion the 1920s with the aim of creating a consistent product that reflected the qualities of the house. On this wine the reputation of Roederer was further developed. To this day, Roederer remains an independent, family-owned business.
"So, here is how it tastes as a "young" cuvée: The 2008 Cristal opens bright, super clear, fresh and pure on the exciting, absolutely fascinating nose with its fine, complex and elegant bouquet of gorgeously ripe and matured fruits, brioche and chalk expressions. This is the finest you can get from Champagne. The palate is pure, lean, fresh and filigreed but concentrated, highly complex, full of tension and enormously vibrant. This is a great vin de terroir, a dense and elegant Super-Cristal that goes straight and precise as a laser beam over the palate but also has texture in the form of sensually fleshy fruit. The dosage, however, is the lowest ever: just 7.5 grams. The endless and highly tensioned finish is complex, citrusy fresh, full of chalk and crystalline finesse. The 2008 Cristal is a vitalizing drug, "the Chevalier Montrachet of Champagne," as Jean-Baptise Lécaillon puts it. It is the most exciting 2008 Champagne I have tasted thus far (May 2018)." Stephan Reinhardt
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