Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

9.42288 ratings
9.4612 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

At Come Taste The Stars Dinner hosted by Tyson Stelzer. Another 60/40 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay balance. More floral aromatics than the Winston. Similar to the 1996 vintage in many respects but a one week delay in picking over 1996 to gain better ripeness. Other differences were no malo in 1996 and for 2008 16% Malo. Also more oak influence in 2008 - 3% to 22%. 9 years on Lees. Tyson said it will not attain its full potential until 2038 and go on for another 20 years after that Great freshness minerality and tension. Tyson said this was the greatest Cristal he has ever had. At Montrachet Restaurant.

At Come Taste The Stars Dinner hosted by Tyson Stelzer. Another 60/40 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay balance. More floral aromatics than the Winston. Similar to the 1996 vintage in many respects but a one week delay in picking over 1996 to gain better ripeness. Other differences were no malo in 1996 and for 2008 16% Malo. Also more oak influence in 2008 - 3% to 22%. 9 years on Lees. Tyson said it will not attain its full potential until 2038 and go on for another 20 years after that Great freshness minerality and tension. Tyson said this was the greatest Cristal he has ever had. At Montrachet Restaurant.

Oct 11th, 2019
Greg Koslosky

Not the best example I have had for the 88 vintage but still enjoyable .

Not the best example I have had for the 88 vintage but still enjoyable .

Sep 7th, 2019
Renato Hoyle

Sour and sweet yet still balanced. beautiful after 30 years

Sour and sweet yet still balanced. beautiful after 30 years

Aug 12th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

This was opened to celebrate my wife and I’s 4-yr anniversary as well as our daughter being one month old. A wonderful anniversary treat, courtesy of a very good friend!

My first time checking in on the ‘09. Very open and totally balanced. Everything works in harmony here. Citrus driven aromatically and slightly reductive with the first glass showing some of those flint/match stick traits but the citrus pushed its way forward with lemon zest. Touch of orange marmalade too. The mousse is fantastically creamy and rich. Not much yeast on the palate, but enough to add complexity. Beautiful balance of rich fruits without sacrificing brightness or purity accented by signature chalky limestone. Right down the middle in terms of reductive vs oxidative. Gorgeous!

This was opened to celebrate my wife and I’s 4-yr anniversary as well as our daughter being one month old. A wonderful anniversary treat, courtesy of a very good friend!

My first time checking in on the ‘09. Very open and totally balanced. Everything works in harmony here. Citrus driven aromatically and slightly reductive with the first glass showing some of those flint/match stick traits but the citrus pushed its way forward with lemon zest. Touch of orange marmalade too. The mousse is fantastically creamy and rich. Not much yeast on the palate, but enough to add complexity. Beautiful balance of rich fruits without sacrificing brightness or purity accented by signature chalky limestone. Right down the middle in terms of reductive vs oxidative. Gorgeous!

Jul 26th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2009 'Cristal' is a completely stunning Champagne which impresses with its polish, complexity, weight and silky mousse. The brightness is wonderful with intense lemon zest and kumquat aromatics that all mingle in the glass. The soft mousse and bright effervescence really impresses. The freshness of the wine also shows beautifully on the mid-palate, displaying not only good weight but intense orchard fruits that mingle with the wet stone, and high-toned citrus zest accents. I love the silky mouthfeel that adds to the wonderful experience. This is settling in after some time after release. Drink 2019-2035- 95

The 2009 'Cristal' is a completely stunning Champagne which impresses with its polish, complexity, weight and silky mousse. The brightness is wonderful with intense lemon zest and kumquat aromatics that all mingle in the glass. The soft mousse and bright effervescence really impresses. The freshness of the wine also shows beautifully on the mid-palate, displaying not only good weight but intense orchard fruits that mingle with the wet stone, and high-toned citrus zest accents. I love the silky mouthfeel that adds to the wonderful experience. This is settling in after some time after release. Drink 2019-2035- 95

Jul 9th, 2019
Conrad Green

Wow. Zesty. Killer fruit. This is powerful and so in place.

Wow. Zesty. Killer fruit. This is powerful and so in place.

Jun 30th, 2019
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.6

I get the hype, lovely electricity.

I get the hype, lovely electricity.

Jun 7th, 2019
George Tita

Everything I was warned it would be - powerful, inviting, expansive, youthful. Hope I live long enough to enjoy it in its maturity.

Everything I was warned it would be - powerful, inviting, expansive, youthful. Hope I live long enough to enjoy it in its maturity.

Mar 10th, 2019
Matt Nason

The eight five.

The eight five.

Mar 4th, 2019
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.8

Epic, but also very tight. Even so, we drained the bottle very quickly. Superb.

Epic, but also very tight. Even so, we drained the bottle very quickly. Superb.

Feb 28th, 2019