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2012 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne SKU #1451315

Price: $249.99

JG 98 JS 98 VN 98
WE 98 RP 97 WS 97
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While the 2008 and 2009 vintages were entirely organically grown, the 2012 Cristal is the first to be completely biodynamic. Cristal is an estate within an estate for Louis Roederer and the vineyards are spread across the chalkiest areas of the Grande Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côtes des Blancs. This wine is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, and this year they have increased the amount that is fermented in large wooden barrels to 32%. The dosage is 7.5 grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    Cristal is made for the connoisseur who has been lucky enough to taste a lot of nice things, and this 2012 is as elegant as one could wish for. They used more barrel fermentation (in large foudre only) than ever before- 32%. The extra wood fermentation has brought some subtle Christmas spice to this creamy, clean and extraordinarily long Champagne. This Cristal is open right now, with wonderful baguette toast and fabulous, detailed chalk on the generous finish.
    Drink from 2020 to 2042
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    It was an absolute treat to be able to taste this 2012 Cristal release especially with it being the first 100% biodynamic release. Champagnes from the 2012 vintage have been showing amazingly and this bottle is no exception. Inviting aromas of grapefruit and orchard fruit fill the glass with overall freshness. The palate is well-rounded with lemon zest, toasted almond and cherries. The finish is lovely with minerality and bright acidity. This makes a wonderful gift for Champagne lovers and collectors!
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    A true classic Champagne, it is made to last and will age gracefully rewarding you for your patience with unimaginable complexity and intriguing flavor profile in yers to come. Cristal is never disappointing. It is one of the most impressive Champagne and it shows. Elegant yet firm and structured with delicate aromas that are shy at first but open up with a little bit of time in a glass. The same goes for the palate: gentle bubbles blanket beautiful freshness and brightness of this wine. It is a masterpiece.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    What a lovely showing! The nose opens softly with orange blossom before the fruit comes through with Bartlett pear and yellow apple. Vanilla and gentle baking spices join into the fold as well. As gentle and elegant as the nose is, the palate comes through with a lot of freshness and fun. The bubbles are fine which make for a lovely texture and a lively sipper, going perfectly with fresh apple notes and flavors of lemon fizzle candies.
  • Tim Telli
    By: Tim Telli
    K&L Staff Member
    After many years of changing their approach to farming the vineyards, this is the first vintage of Cristal to be 100% biodynamic. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, with about 6-7 years on the lees for added complexity. A tiny bead, always a good sign. Smooth and creamy, with really nice minerality and some chalky notes on the palate. Crisp and dry with flavors of apples and lemon curds. Getting better with air. This is typically delicate yet complex, a wine of great finesse. I expect this to age gracefully and provide many years of drinking pleasure.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Getting to taste a new vintage of Cristal is always exciting, and the 2012 does not disappoint! The aromas are very distinctive, showing toasted hazelnut, pie crust and white pear. On the palate the wine is clean and dry with bright acidity and gorgeous lime zest notes complementing the orchard fruits. It combines a surprising depth of texture and fruit with an over all light body. It's already so complex, but if you have the patience, put one away for a few years, and it will develop beautifully.
  • Jennifer Lee
    By: Jennifer Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    I love the back story Gary gives of the packaging of this bottle...how an old Russian Tzar demanded that the bottle be clear (to easily see if it was poisoned) and there be no punt on the bottom (to prevent possible bombs hiding there). 100% biodynamically farmed and estate grown, this 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay 2012 Cristal is phenomenal. On the nose sweet crisp green apple notes and honey fill my senses. On the palate super savory flavors, chalk and lots of tiny and powerful bubbles emerge with an intense minerality undertone throughout. I also get umami flavors of mushroom and even oyster on the half shell (a great pairing too!) Needless to say, the bottle price does not disappoint, and I'm sure you will find this champagne does not disappoint either. Great for holiday gifting and definitely a crowd pleaser.


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