Louis Roederer Cristal 2004
In 1876, Tsar Alexander II was already a great fan of Louis Roederer's champagne, and he asked to go a step further to produce, for his own personal consumption, a unique wine in quality and bottle. Louis Roederer offered to create an exceptional white crystal bottle to house the best selection from the 7 finest vineyards of his estate. This wine was only produced in the 'great' years when the ripeness of the Chardonnay and Pinot noir enabled a subtle, precise balance. The wine is the region's most prestigious.
2002 was an extraordinary year, that brought together all the factors that make for great vintage.
An intense delicate wine that reveals a precise, pure combination of sugared flowers, cocoas, finely tasted hazelnuts, and candied citrus fruits. The texture is infinitely silky, concentrated and flavoursome with an explosion of ripe fruit, red fruit, white chocolate and viennoiserie, typical of Cristal. It is a powerful and elegant wine with a crescendo of sensations that attains a true harmony of flavours and perfect integration. The finish is fresh with a fine bitterness which almost lends the wine crispness.
Incredible ability to age.