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Louis Roederer Cristal 2009
The Cuvée du Tsar Alexandre II since 1876 signed Louis Roederer.
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Montagne de Reims
Vallée de la Marne
The House Louis Roederer is one of the names that comes up when we talk about the great houses of Champagne, being still one of the Rares to remain family owned for more than two centuries now. Reigning over a vineyard of 240 hectares classified on sumptuous terroirs in Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, the House Louis Roederer has never ceased to offer generous Champagnes that embellish all occasions.
The House of Roederer: a family heritage
It was in 1833 that Louis Roederer inherited his uncle's house: the house of Champagne Dubois Père et Fils in Reims, which he had founded in 1776. From then on, he chose to take the habits and customs of the region in hand and showed great concern for controlling all the stages of production of his Champagne. At the time, marketing was the business of the wine merchants, while the vineyard belonged entirely to the winegrowers. Thus, in 1845, Louis Roederer bought about fifteen hectares of vineyards classified as Grand Cru and acquired the status of winemaker-negociant in order to reconcile the two trades.
In 1876, Louis Roederer II, who succeeded his father following his death in 1870, created at the request of Tsar Alexander II a special vintage for the exclusive consumption of the Tsars of Russia, the famous Cuvée Cristal. Fearing that he might be the target of an attack and that a political opponent might conceal an explosive in the bottom of the bottle, he wanted this cuvée to be free of explosives. Thus, the Cuvée Cristal is today the only bottle of Champagne to have a flat bottom. Then in 1908, Tsar Nicholas II granted the Roederer House the title of "Official Supplier to the Court of His Majesty the Emperor".
The House has continued to grow under the watchful eye of successive generations. The vineyard is now managed according to the principles of biodynamics, and the house never ceases to take steps to address climatic and ecological issues. The vineyard extends today on 240 hectares distributed on the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des blancs. Pinot Noir is the majority.
The fame of the Champagnes Louis Roederer
The House Louis Roederer offers a range of beautiful cuvées that reveal a personality of their own as well as the richness of the terroir from which they come.
The Champagnes Brut Millésimé age an average of 4 years in the cellar and wonderfully illustrate the greatness of the house. Intense and balanced on the nose, they show freshness and concentration on the palate. The result is simply delicious.
The famous Champagnes Brut nature are seductive as hell, offering vibrant energy, freshness and plenty of minerality.
The Champagnes Blanc de blanc are a combination of great chalk terroir combined with human passion. The result is an irresistible, creamy, muscatel-like Champagne.
What about the famous Cuvée Cristal, an exceptional Champagne adored by the most seasoned connoisseurs. Made from the House's best vineyard selections classified as Grand Cru, it is aged for a minimum of 6 years on lees and deserves 6 more to reveal its full potential. Delicate, unctuous, precise and incredibly persistent, it is an irresistible nectar.
Description Louis Roederer Cristal 2009.
Cristal is the iconic cuvée of the House of Louis Roederer, made from the best selections of vines from 7 Grands Crus of the estate.
This wine is kept in the cellar only during great years with a minimum of 6 years of aging.
Cristal Roederer is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 20% of the wines are vinified in oak barrels.
Beautiful shimmering color with amber reflections, revealing a long and patient maturation in the cellar.
Muffled effervescence, fine, slow and regular with a rich bouquet of candied fruits and white flowers.
The bottle is a replica of the old crystal bottle reserved for Tsar Alexander II in 1876.