Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

9.214 ratings
9.112 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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Greg Koslosky

Out of magnum for our dear friends Christie’s birthday . Incredible power yet elegant and refined . A iron fist in a Velvet glove . Best Cristal I have ever had !

Out of magnum for our dear friends Christie’s birthday . Incredible power yet elegant and refined . A iron fist in a Velvet glove . Best Cristal I have ever had !

Feb 8th, 2019
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9.8

One of the two or three most moving wines in this vertical, the 1988 Cristal is eternal. Deep and vertical, with Gothic spires of soaring aromatic, flavor and structural intensity, the 1988 has it all. At thirty years of age, the 1988 is fresh, vibrant and incredibly powerful. Lemon peel, white flower, chalk and almonds are all given an extra kick of vibrancy from the bright acids and underlying energy of the vintage. Even after three decades, the 1988 remains searing, classically austere and beautifully focused, with tremendous pedigree and stunning balance. The 1988 is a rare Cristal where the Chardonnay, at 48% of the blend, is on the higher side. “When I joined Roederer in 1989, we were blending the 1988s,” Lécaillon explains. “They were such hard wines to work with because the acidities were so high. My teeth suffered. I thought ‘am I going to have to deal with this for the rest of my life? Maybe I should change jobs?’” Luckily, he did not. “In 1988, flowering was very bad for the Chardonnay. Yields were quite low and flavors were super-intense and concentrated. This, to me, is one of the keys for making great Champagne with real dimension. Interestingly, the same is not true of Pinot Noir. Keep a glass of the 1988 to compare with the 2008 later. In my opinion, 2008 is the new 1988.” (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018)

One of the two or three most moving wines in this vertical, the 1988 Cristal is eternal. Deep and vertical, with Gothic spires of soaring aromatic, flavor and structural intensity, the 1988 has it all. At thirty years of age, the 1988 is fresh, vibrant and incredibly powerful. Lemon peel, white flower, chalk and almonds are all given an extra kick of vibrancy from the bright acids and underlying energy of the vintage. Even after three decades, the 1988 remains searing, classically austere and beautifully focused, with tremendous pedigree and stunning balance. The 1988 is a rare Cristal where the Chardonnay, at 48% of the blend, is on the higher side. “When I joined Roederer in 1989, we were blending the 1988s,” Lécaillon explains. “They were such hard wines to work with because the acidities were so high. My teeth suffered. I thought ‘am I going to have to deal with this for the rest of my life? Maybe I should change jobs?’” Luckily, he did not. “In 1988, flowering was very bad for the Chardonnay. Yields were quite low and flavors were super-intense and concentrated. This, to me, is one of the keys for making great Champagne with real dimension. Interestingly, the same is not true of Pinot Noir. Keep a glass of the 1988 to compare with the 2008 later. In my opinion, 2008 is the new 1988.” (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018)

Dec 21st, 2018
Greg Koslosky

A little more advanced then the last time I tasted it . Very good but close to the third phase of life now.

A little more advanced then the last time I tasted it . Very good but close to the third phase of life now.

Aug 1st, 2017
Greg Koslosky

Explosive bottle incredible !

Explosive bottle incredible !

May 27th, 2016
Marie Stitt

Sales & Marketing Grassroots Wine Wholesalers

9.0

1988 out of magnum Xmas -- on point. Rich but acidity still very present

1988 out of magnum Xmas -- on point. Rich but acidity still very present

Dec 25th, 2015
Christopher Bates

Master Sommelier, Owner/Winemaker Element Winery

9.6

Nice way to start a night!

Nice way to start a night!

May 29th, 2015
Kevin Jonas

1988 cristal rose magnum

1988 cristal rose magnum

Nov 16th, 2012
David Goldmuntz

David had this 3 years ago

David had this 3 years ago

Dec 22nd, 2016
Rory Pugh

Rory had this 4 years ago

Rory had this 4 years ago

Nov 19th, 2015
Totte Steneby

Wine Director Eriks Gondolen, Stockholm

8.8

Totte had this 4 years ago

Totte had this 4 years ago

Jul 11th, 2015