Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Vintage 2008 75cl

Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Vintage 2008 75cl

Nimi: Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Vintage 2008 75cl

Riik/regioon: Prantsusmaa, Champagne

Tootja: Champagne Louis Roederer

Aastakäik: 2008

Mari: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Alkoholisisaldus: 12% vol.

Tootekood: 133

Hind: 270.00

Hinnaklass: €€€

Reimsi linnas paiknev Louis Roederer on koos Bollingeriga üks väheseid siiani pereomanduses olevaid šampanjamajasid. Neile kuulub Champagne piirkonnas 240 hektarit, olles sellega üks suurimaid veiniaedade omanikke. Roedereri lipulaev on ainult parimatel aastatel valmistatav aastakäigu šampanja - Cristal - mille ajalugu ulatub tagasi 19. sajandisse kui seda valmistati vaid Vene tsaari tarbeks.

Cristal on valmistatud 60% Pinot Noir ja 40% Chardonnay viinamarjadest, mis pärinevad 7-st erinevast Grand Cru aiast Montagne de Reims, Marne ja Côte des Blancs aladelt. Cristali valmistamiseks kasutatavad veiniaiad on väga kriidise pinnasega, mis annab talle iseloomuliku elegantsuse ning mineraalsuse. Veinipuude keskmine vanus on 35 aastat. Esmane kääritamine toimub 80% terasmahutites ning 20% suurtes tammevaatides, veini küpsemisperiood pärmisettel kestab 9 aastat ning dosage on alla 8 grammi liitri kohta (ajaloo madalaim). Malolaktilist kääritamist ei rakendata.

Värvuselt kuldkollane, merevaigu varjunditega, väga peen, elav ja püsiv mull. Aroom on väga elegntne, tunda tsitrusviljade kompotti, karamelliseeritud aprikoosi ja suhkruroogu, dekanteerimisel lisanduvad vanilje ja kakaouba koos röstitud sarapuupähliga, delikaatne lagrits ja isegi kaneeli. Maitse on täidlase struktuuriga, väga elav ja energiline, kriidine mineraalsus, värske kirss, lausa mentoolilaadne erksus. Delikaatne, kuid erakordse fookusega ja tulvil energiat. Ideaalne koos merkuradiga või kvaliteetse linnulihaga.

"It will be the first Cristal to be released ten years from harvest when it is offered in 2018. 35 parcels used from a possible 45 in this vintage. This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot Noir is a strong core and the Chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025." James Suckling 100 points

"The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades." Jeb Dunnuck 100 points

"This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years." Wine Enthusiast 100 points

"The 2008 Cristal is a real head-turner. Powerful, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2008 takes hold of the sense and never lets up. There is a crystalline purity to the flavors that is simply remarkable. Although still a baby, the 2008 looks like it will soon take its place alongside the greatest Cristals. Today, it is breathtaking."  Antonio Galloni 98+ points

"Cristal 2008 is on a roll to yet higher levels of exquisite purity and precision of fruit in a paradoxical balance of weightlessness and depth of flavour, permeated with minerals and a salinity reflecting the greatest terroirs of the Roederer estate. Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon believes that 2008 is his best effort to date, and it's easy to see why. It's from a cooler, maritime vintage that came right in the end, with one of the longest harvests ever, running from mid-September to early October. The colour is a stylish pale gold flecked with green. Aromas of white flowers are joined by a cleansing citrus vigour and richer tones of peach and mirabelle. The palate is still quiet, but a tender creaminnes shows through, and there's so much concentration to come if you drink if after 2021. The greatness of the wine owes everything to the influence of organic and biodynamic precepts in the field - and Lecaillon's sleepless perfectionism in the cellar towards finer fruit and a careful brake on too much yeasty expression. The acidity is vibrant but better integrated in the 2008 than in the 1996. Magnificent. Dosage 7.7g/l" Decanter 98 points

"It is a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 35 plots in seven grands crus.Twenty-five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 16% underwent malolactic fermentation to moderate the fresh acidity of the 2008 vintage. The assemblage was bottled in May 2009. After 8.5 years on the second lees (longer than any Cristal before), the first release was disgorged in September 2017 with a relatively low dosage of 7.5 grams per liter. The 2008 Cristal opens bright, super clear, fresh and pure on the exciting, absolutely fascinating nose with its fine, complex and elegant bouquet of gorgeously ripe and matured fruits, brioche and chalk expressions. This is the finest you can get from Champagne. The palate is pure, lean, fresh and filigreed but concentrated, highly complex, full of tension and enormously vibrant. This is a great vin de terroir, a dense and elegant Super-Cristal that goes straight and precise as a laser beam over the palate but also has texture in the form of sensually fleshy fruit. The dosage, however, is the lowest ever: just 7.5 grams. The endless and highly tensioned finish is complex, citrusy fresh, full of chalk and crystalline finesse. The 2008 Cristal is a vitalizing drug, 'the Chevalier Montrachet of Champagne,' as Jean-Baptise Lécaillon puts it. It is the most exciting 2008 Champagne I have tasted thus far.” Wine Advocate 97+ points

"It is a tribute to the special qualities of the 2008 vintage that this Cristal has benefitted from longer in bottle than any other Cristal: 10 years. More malo and a little more oak on this wine that Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon claims is all the better for the lessons learnt with the similarly high-acid 1996 vintage. Just one sniff and you're assailed by the most extraordinary combination of density and lift. There's a hint of lime and it's extremely tight (I'd guess it has only just been deemed ready to release) and firm on the finish. But there is just so much pleasure to be had already. Super-fresh but so concentrated that there is no question of austerity. So much to dig into here. It will surely slowly unfurl but is already gorgeous. Hedonistic rather than intellectual. Very special." Jancis Robinson 19.5/20 points