Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

9.46 ratings
9.63 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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One of my all time favorites, the 1982 Cristal is magnificent. Fresh, nuanced and exceptionally beautiful, the 1982 remains one of the all-time great Cristals. Apricot, almond and chamomile nuances suggest the 1982 is just starting to turn the corner into its plateau of maturity. This bottle lacks a bit of excitement, but, then again, the 1982 Cristal is not exactly the sort of wine I get to taste on a regular basis, so it is possible this is not the best showing. Hopefully, I will get a chance to taste it again soon. Even so, well-stored bottles will drink well for another decade-plus. “In my opinion, 1982 is the first vintage of climate change in Champagne,” Lécaillon explains. “Sugars were higher than we were used to seeing. As a comparison, the 1981 Cristal is also concentrated, but it is concentrated by low yields. In 1982, we had high yields and elevated ripeness, meaning it was the sun that ripened the fruit.” (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018)

One of my all time favorites, the 1982 Cristal is magnificent. Fresh, nuanced and exceptionally beautiful, the 1982 remains one of the all-time great Cristals. Apricot, almond and chamomile nuances suggest the 1982 is just starting to turn the corner into its plateau of maturity. This bottle lacks a bit of excitement, but, then again, the 1982 Cristal is not exactly the sort of wine I get to taste on a regular basis, so it is possible this is not the best showing. Hopefully, I will get a chance to taste it again soon. Even so, well-stored bottles will drink well for another decade-plus. “In my opinion, 1982 is the first vintage of climate change in Champagne,” Lécaillon explains. “Sugars were higher than we were used to seeing. As a comparison, the 1981 Cristal is also concentrated, but it is concentrated by low yields. In 1982, we had high yields and elevated ripeness, meaning it was the sun that ripened the fruit.” (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018)

1 person found it helpfulDec 21st, 2018
Joseph Ngo

Fresh alive. Creamy sweet. Resolved integrated acids. Drinking well. Has slight mushroomy nose. Finishes short.

Fresh alive. Creamy sweet. Resolved integrated acids. Drinking well. Has slight mushroomy nose. Finishes short.

Aug 15th, 2014
Erica Orr

Over the hill but still fun to taste

Over the hill but still fun to taste

Feb 14th, 2017
Nori Moy

Great crisp pears and apples.

Great crisp pears and apples.

Jun 20th, 2015
Daniel Hall

Daniel had this 5 years ago

Daniel had this 5 years ago

May 20th, 2014
松哥 于

松哥 had this 5 years ago

松哥 had this 5 years ago

Nov 30th, 2013