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2008 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne SKU #1344997

Price: $269.99

JD 100 JS 100 DC 99
JG 99 VN 99 RP 98
WE 98 WS 97
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K&L Notes

This great Cristal is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, all from organically farmed, estate vineyards in the mid-slope "golden band" of the Mountain of Reims, Côte de Blancs, and Grand Valley of the Marne. For the first time ever, the winemaking team at Roederer decided to do 20% malolactic fermentation due to the massive concentration and acidity of the wine. The wine is so packed and vivacious that they decided to release the 2009 ahead of it so as to give the 2008 the time it needed. This is special stuff, and Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, cellar master of Roederer says it is the best wine he has made in 30 years at Roederer. And he is not a man prone to hyperbole!

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  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    It's often hard to justify the price of a very high-end Champagne—at least in my book it is... usually. However, the 2008 Cristal is simply worth the hype. Like, whoa, seriously? There is so much going on in this bottle, and when I was drinking it, I only wished I had a magnum to share with everyone. Fresh yeasty character, followed by white peach, a nice brioche note, and so much more... I'm going broke this Christmas because I need to share a bottle of this with my dad.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Well there isn't a lot I can add to the description of this wine, but having just tasted it blind at our most recent Champagne tasting I felt compelled to add my two cents. Blind tasting is a funny thing. It's a great way to force someone to evaluate a wine on it's own merit, not the branding/marketing/preconceived notions that go with it. Every single staff member in our tasting loved this wine. No one had a clue what it was, but the spectacular richness, bright acidity and extraordinary complexity made it clear that we had something special. And truly, that is all you can ask of the world's greatest brands: be just as special as you hope they will be. 2008 Cristal absolutely delivers.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    The world has been patiently awaiting the arrival of the highly anticipated 2008 vintage of Cristal from Roederer, and in this instance the patience will prove particularly rewarding. The vintage was marked by a very long, cool growing period that allowed for that special combination of high ripeness and acidity that marks truly great champagnes. This shows bright, fresh and concentrated flavors of stone fruit, citrus, apples, ranier cherries and white flowers, with subtle notes of hazelnuts and saffron. The flavors are fresh, balanced and integrated, indicating incredible aging potential, and the finish just goes on and on. This will be a collectors vintage, so grab yours before they snap them all up.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The most anticipated Champagne in my 20 years in the wine business is finally for sale. This has been so hyped up with 100 point scores that I figured it couldn't possibly be as good as the critics say... But it is. This is the most concentrated, long finishing Cristal I have ever tasted, and so loaded with chalky minerality and bright vivacious acidity that one could mistake it for a blanc de blancs. But then the hazelnut cream Verzenay Pinot Noir swells up to balance everything out, leaving me at a loss for words. The big shame is how much will be drunk down immediately (it is all too delicious right now) since the real story is the long term ageability of this masterpiece!
    Drink from 2018 to 2068


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