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Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2013

A$900.00

Availability
In stock
Volume
750ml
Region/Country
Champagne, France
Rating
99 points

Description

Established in 1776, Champagne Louis Roederer stands as a unique testament to enduring family tradition in the world of Champagne. Over the course of two centuries, six successive generations have been united by an unwavering commitment to excellence. In 2006, Frederic Rouzaud seamlessly assumed leadership from his father, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, who continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board. A luminary in the field, Jean-Claude, the grandson of Madame Camille Olry-Roederer and a seasoned Oenologist, presided over the company for an impressive 38 years, earning the esteemed title of the 'Sage' of Champagne, a reflection of his profound wisdom in the realm of sparkling wines.

2013 was characterised by a particularly late growing cycle. A seemingly endless winter was followed by a very cool, late spring. We had to wait until the start of July for flowering to begin – something we hadn’t seen in Champagne for quite some time! Fortunately, summer was glorious with plenty of sunshine, record high temperatures and very low rainfall, ideal for the ripening of the Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. The temperatures were cool for the October harvest and the resulting wines are elegant and fresh – the signs of a classic vintage.

Ratings

Score
99 points
Reviewer
Wine Advocate
Review

A candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors in Champagne, Roederer's 2013 Cristal Rosé is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, red berries, stone fruit, freshly baked bread and tangerine oil. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, the vintage's bright girdling acids are amply cloaked in exuberant, expressive and notably concentrated fruit; so while this Cristal is as tensile and age-worthy as one would expect, it's also impressively fleshy and generous given the year. This is another banner vintage for what I consider the reigning champion of the region's tête de cuvée bottlings, and it will be worth an effort to acquire.

Score
98 points
Review

Aromas of strawberry, iron, orange peel and brioche follow through to a full body with gorgeous fruit and sweet tannins that layer the wine. Strawberry-patisserie undertones. Rather juicy and chewy with very round, fine tannins. Savory, flavorful and lightly spicy. Caressing finish with lots of fruity flavor and dryness. Drink now or hold.

Score
98 points
Reviewer
Antonio Galloni
Review

The 2013 Cristal Rosé is searingly intense right out of the glass, just like the Blanc, except it has a bit more fleshiness because of the skin contact on the Pinot. Cristal Rosé has one of the best track records for aging in Champagne. I suspect the 2013 will join the ranks of the epic vintages, but it is painfully tight today. The blend is 55% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ) and 45% Chardonnay (from Avize and Mesnil) done in the classic Roederer infusion style in which Pinot Noir is vinified on the skins and then blended with Chardonnay to complete the fermentation. About 25% of the lots were done in oak, while malolactic fermentation was blocked.

Specifications

Closure
Cork, cage and foil
Serving Temp.
8-10 °C
Alcohol
12%
Food pairing
Seafood, grilled poultry, or soft cheeses.

Tasting Profile

Nose
Refined bouquet of freshly-picked tart red fruit (wild strawberry, raspberry) and lemon scented flower petals. The pure, precise fragrances delicately intertwine and are gradually joined by overtones of fresh almonds, bread and spices (cocoa bean). These nuanced, intricately interwoven fragrances are ethereal and transcendent.
Palate
Intense, velvety and captivating on the palate. What else would you expect after such perfume? The juicy, concentrated red fruit gradually pulls towards a raspberry liqueur character complemented by invigorating, sweet citrus aromas. The harmony and delicacy of the wine is reinforced by the creamy bubbles which create a sensation of roundness and concentration. The mineral freshness lengthens the palate; it becomes vertical, chalky, saline and sapid with a sensation of perpetual acceleration created by the pure, bright limestone.

Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2013

Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2013
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