Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

9.113 ratings
8.96 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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9.6

The 1983 Cristal is fabulous. Rich, ample and generous, the 1983 is incredibly inviting, with tons of class and personality. A wine of real volume and textural breadth, the 1983 has enough pedigree to drink well for many years. None of the elements stand out in the 1983, the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. “Nineteen eighty-three is a different animal from some of the other wines of the decade,” Lécaillon explains. “It was a heavy crop, with a lot of fruit. There was so much wine in the cellar that the team could not get to everything in a timely fashion, and so there were some lots that started to oxidize a bit, and that, naturally, made the wine bigger.” In tasting, though, there are no off aromas or mushroomy flavors that suggest the wine is fading. If anything, the 1983 is spectacularly beautiful right now, even in the presence of other wines from more highly reputed vintages. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018)

The 1983 Cristal is fabulous. Rich, ample and generous, the 1983 is incredibly inviting, with tons of class and personality. A wine of real volume and textural breadth, the 1983 has enough pedigree to drink well for many years. None of the elements stand out in the 1983, the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. “Nineteen eighty-three is a different animal from some of the other wines of the decade,” Lécaillon explains. “It was a heavy crop, with a lot of fruit. There was so much wine in the cellar that the team could not get to everything in a timely fashion, and so there were some lots that started to oxidize a bit, and that, naturally, made the wine bigger.” In tasting, though, there are no off aromas or mushroomy flavors that suggest the wine is fading. If anything, the 1983 is spectacularly beautiful right now, even in the presence of other wines from more highly reputed vintages. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018)

Dec 21st, 2018
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

8.9

Bit too mature for me.

Bit too mature for me.

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2016
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

Gold

1 person found it helpfulApr 26th, 2016
Max Coane

Oxidized but I drank it. Interesting Sherry champagne

Oxidized but I drank it. Interesting Sherry champagne

Jan 11th, 2015
Joseph Ngo

Strong espresso deep notes almost a maderized tang to the wine with slight effervescence. Sweet deep toffee finish with a tang.

Strong espresso deep notes almost a maderized tang to the wine with slight effervescence. Sweet deep toffee finish with a tang.

Apr 5th, 2014
Chris Baggetta

Sommelier/Wine Director Quince Restaurant

8.0

Pretty at first, but rather oxidized and didn't last long in the glass.

Pretty at first, but rather oxidized and didn't last long in the glass.

Jul 12th, 2013
Ryo Hayashi

Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal 1983

Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal 1983

Jun 12th, 2017
Conrad Kenley

Ready for the Super Bowl

Ready for the Super Bowl

Feb 1st, 2015
Stephen Giroux

Gold lamé, spun silk, peach jelly, marmalade, apricots, the way your lover’s skin looks in the morning, a handful of pebbles, quartz, walls made of pink salt in a dream. I don’t know bleep about anything, but 1983 Cristal tastes really good rn. Lucky.

Gold lamé, spun silk, peach jelly, marmalade, apricots, the way your lover’s skin looks in the morning, a handful of pebbles, quartz, walls made of pink salt in a dream. I don’t know bleep about anything, but 1983 Cristal tastes really good rn. Lucky.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Alan Snitow

Alan had this a year ago

Alan had this a year ago

Jan 25th, 2018