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Louis Roederer Cristal 1996

Your Price: $425.00

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Producer: Louis Roederer
Optimum drinking: 2017-2026
Rating: 19.5/20 - Jancis Robinson MW
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%
Winemaker: Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon
Appellation: A.O.C. Champagne
Bottle report: Very Good - lightly scuffed label

Louis Roederer’s Cristal 1996 is a legendary wine from a truly great Champagne vintage – perfect as a gift or for a really special occasion.

Regarded by many as the first prestige cuvee, Cristal was created for Alexander II of Russia in the late 19th century. As a result of the Tsar’s fear of assassination the glass bottle was made clear so that he could see the bubbles and be reassured that there wasn’t a bomb concealed within! The clear glass necessitates the anti-UV cellophane wrapper which prevents the deterioration of the wine in bottle. Roederer’s Champagnes are largely sourced from their own vineyards, which ensure that they complete control over the quality of fruit that goes into every single Champagne bottle.

“...expressive, floral bouquet melds seamlessly into an expansive palate of sweet fruit. This is an exceptionally polished and finessed Crista..."

“…seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant, offering citrus, pastry, biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture.” Wine Spectator

Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).

Louis Roederer Cristal 1996