2000 Louis Roederer Cristal

Year: 2000
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
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"This goes for personality and finesse. An assertive, honeyed style, with plenty of citrus flavors. Mature coffee and roasted nut accents are peeking through, with a robust structure and a dried citrus aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 32,000 cases imported." (WS)

"Bright gold. Deep, subtly smoky nectarine and musky yellow plum aromas are energized by a suave mineral quality. Broad and fleshy, with deep, chewy pear, pit fruit and buttered toast flavors. A serious style, with velvety texture and excellent finishing punch. This has the concentration to repay cellaring but is open-knit enough to enjoy on the young side." (IWC)

"This is a lightweight Cristal, floating and fresh, without the punch this great wine can have from Pinot Noir. It is also way too young. To taste, there is good balance, but the persistent grapefruit flavor shows the wine’s youth. " (WE)

Winery Notes
Cristal, the jewel of Champagne Louis Roederer, was created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II of Russia. It remains faithful to its origin, inspired by elegance and purity. Cristal is produced with regimented standards of winemaking that require a rigorous selection of crus, vintages, grapes, and wine.

Tasting Notes
From the outset, the Cristal Vintage 2000 asserts its finesse, balance and aromatic complexity - ripe, precise and persistent but also light, refined and masterfully subtle.

Sustained golden yellow tones shimmering with luminous green highlights and ultra-fine, lively bubbles.

An intense, precise but subtle nose. Opens with dominant aromas of fresh almonds and sweet-smelling flowers then revealing riper nuances of lush vine peaches, white chocolate, caramel and a sprinkling of lightly toasted hazelnuts.

The attack on the palate is sensual and fleshy with an almost caressing mouthfeel. More mineral notes come through on the mid-palate – a testament to this Champagne’s deliberately low dosage - supported by a refreshing crispness that carries an impression of delicacy rather than strength. The overall effect is one of precise elegance, a wine perfectly poised between the structure of the Pinot Noir and the finesse of the Chardonnay, marrying roundness and vinosity with a sense of freshness and verve. The finish is long and deliciously refreshing, underscored by harmonious, lightly caramelised notes of the year’s great wines aged in wood.

Serve at a temperature of 8°C (46°F) to 10°C (50°F). We recommend that you leave the bottle to cool in the refrigerator for 2 H. Alternatively, immerse the bottle up to its neck in a champagne bucket filled with ice before serving.

The strength and finesse of Cristal are perfectly suited to delicate foods. It is a flattering accompaniment to caviar, fish and shellfish such as scallops, John Dory, lobster and crayfish.

Vintage Summary
Grape harvesting began on September 18, marking the first time in recorded history that the vintage started in all three regions on the same day. The sun shone in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims throughout the duration of the picking which lasted two weeks. Heavy rain in July coupled with a hail storm gave way initially to slow maturing vines at the vineyards of Verzy, Verzenay, Aÿ and Erpernay, but fine weather throughout September resulted in a harvest of remarkable quality from beginning to end.

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