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2013 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut

Champagne, France

One of the world's great wines, Cristal is chalky, fine, powerful, textured, sweetly-fruited and savoury-finished. Exceptional.

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$399.00

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This is a very approachable Cristal, a lovely drink right now.

97 Points - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

About The Wine

Cristal is the prestige cuvee from Louis Roederer, described by their cellarmaster Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon as "a wine of pure pleasure and a sophisticated gastronomic wine, Cristal is both powerful and delicate, combining subtlety and precision."

It was famously created at the behest of Russian Tsar Alexander II, and the story goes that he needed it be bottled in clear glass so he could see any potential assassin's threat... We do love the gold cellophane wrap.

Released in good years only, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay across the three main regions of Champagne, then aged in bottle for six years - this is the pinnacle of Roederer, and one of the few consistent pinnacles of Champagne.

About Louis Roederer

The House of Roederer officially dates back to 1776 but its real history kicks off in 1833 when the entrepreneur Louis Roederer took the reins.

It remains, unusually for a large Champagne house, in family hands, and this is perhaps one of the reasons it has moved with the times so readily. They are fully behind the move to leave behind the industrial agriculture of the region's recent past and embrace organic practices across their growing vineyard portfolio.

Based in Reims, with vineyards spanning the region but concentrated in the great Pinot Noir area of La Montagne de Reims, they are perhaps our favourite 'commercial' Champagne house.

Vineyards of Louis Roederer
Vineyards of Louis Roederer
Champagne, France
Additional Info

From The Producer

Cristal 2013 is a great classic in which maturity and freshness are harmoniously interwoven ensuring potential for long ageing.

Powerful and complex on the palate, revealing a mixture of yellow fruit (mirabelle plum), juicy, ripe fruits (nectarine), citrus peel (candied orange) and finely-roasted nuts (hazelnut). The nose is simultaneously powdery and sweet, with elegant, chalky notes. Gentle, tactile and full-bodied on the palate. The bubbles create a gentle, vibrating sensation, then the wine becomes soft, dense and juicy. But it is the chalky freshness that quickly sets the tone: the sweetness becomes energetic and intense, giving the wine an elegant yet powerful texture. Fine, textured tannins reveal a poised and vinous dimension to the wine. The finish is savoury and saline.

Blend : Pinot Noir (60%), Chardonnay (40%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Louis Roederer chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon
Louis Roederer chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon
Champagne, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
The Real Review

"Light straw-yellow hue. The bouquet is exquisitely complex, figuring toasted bread, dried fruits, dried flowers and much more, the taste intense and precise, powerful yet subtle, with beautifully balanced acidity and impressive depth of flavour. Wonderful lemon-citrus, faintly honeyed flavours. It has a refreshing, moreish dryness and cleanness on the finish and aftertaste. This is a very approachable Cristal, a lovely drink right now. (60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay; 32% vinified in oak, zero malolactic. Dosage 8 grams/litre)." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

96Points
The Wine Advocate

"Notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and warm brioche introduce the 2013 Cristal, a full-bodied, layered and incisive wine that's taut and chiseled but also notably exuberant in a vintage that I admire immensely but which can sometimes present an austere side. Deep, concentrated and penetrating, it's complemented by a pinpoint mousse and concludes with a long, saline finish. Less introverted than its 2012 predecessor, readers won't regret trying a bottle of the 2013 Cristal young—even if I'd recommend forgetting some for a decade too." - William Kelley (The Wine Advocat)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

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Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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