Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

9.4202 ratings
9.350 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa
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9.7

The 2004 Cristal is superb today. Bright and focused, the 2004 shows all of the tension and energy that has always been one of its signatures. The first hints of aromatic maturity are starting to develop, but the 2004 remains quite young and full of energy. I have always admired the 2004 (along with the best wines of the vintage) for its focus. In this bottle, the interplay of freshness from the recent 2018 disgorgement and richness gained through added time on the lees (which also results in lower dosage of 7 grams per liter) opens another window into the personality of Cristal. In 2004, the Pinot Noir is 57%, or a bit lower than normal, while the Chardonnay at 43% is correspondingly a touch higher. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2019)

The 2004 Cristal is superb today. Bright and focused, the 2004 shows all of the tension and energy that has always been one of its signatures. The first hints of aromatic maturity are starting to develop, but the 2004 remains quite young and full of energy. I have always admired the 2004 (along with the best wines of the vintage) for its focus. In this bottle, the interplay of freshness from the recent 2018 disgorgement and richness gained through added time on the lees (which also results in lower dosage of 7 grams per liter) opens another window into the personality of Cristal. In 2004, the Pinot Noir is 57%, or a bit lower than normal, while the Chardonnay at 43% is correspondingly a touch higher. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2019)

Dec 12th, 2019
Shawn R

It’s youthfulness is bliss-

It’s youthfulness is bliss-

Aug 4th, 2018
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.2

Beautifully fresh and vibrant

Beautifully fresh and vibrant

1 person found it helpfulNov 29th, 2016
Byron C Mayes

Straw gold in the glass. White mousse dissipates rather quickly. Fine persistent bubbles. Modest and very subtle nose matches lean plate of green apple up front and lemon mid palate. Firm mouth-watering acidity; surprising to is for a wine of this age. Very short, bright finish.

Straw gold in the glass. White mousse dissipates rather quickly. Fine persistent bubbles. Modest and very subtle nose matches lean plate of green apple up front and lemon mid palate. Firm mouth-watering acidity; surprising to is for a wine of this age. Very short, bright finish.

Jan 29th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

When Cristal is on it is ON. Loved the purity of fruit and the minerality (yes, I know that's not a real thing) of this wine. Gorgeous.

When Cristal is on it is ON. Loved the purity of fruit and the minerality (yes, I know that's not a real thing) of this wine. Gorgeous.

Dec 15th, 2016
Nico J. Snyman

Really love this vintage, there's such a great acidic backbone showing through, these wines always need as much time as you can give them, they're quite often popped too early in the club...

Really love this vintage, there's such a great acidic backbone showing through, these wines always need as much time as you can give them, they're quite often popped too early in the club...

Aug 9th, 2016
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The Pearl & Ash team sure knows how to celebrate!
Congratulations
@Patrick Cappiello @Branden McRill @Kimberly Prokoshyn @Bryn Birkhahn for your Wine Spectator Grand Award! 🎉💥⚡️🔪👏

The Pearl & Ash team sure knows how to celebrate!
Congratulations
@Patrick Cappiello @Branden McRill @Kimberly Prokoshyn @Bryn Birkhahn for your Wine Spectator Grand Award! 🎉💥⚡️🔪👏

Jul 10th, 2015
Rodolphe Péters

Winemaker Champagne Pierre Péters

9.5

Incredible line of lemon in this Pinot noir. Great Cristal #2004

Incredible line of lemon in this Pinot noir. Great Cristal #2004

Jul 4th, 2015
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

9.6

Why yes when I drink 2004 Crystal it is poolside and out of Magnum the proportion that is correct for two

Why yes when I drink 2004 Crystal it is poolside and out of Magnum the proportion that is correct for two

Apr 22nd, 2015
Doug Burress

Sales K&L Wines

10

Thank you secret Valentine!

Thank you secret Valentine!

Feb 7th, 2015