Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Champagne
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'The 2002 Cristal Rosé has always been suspected to become a legend one day. Now, nine years later, the onion-colored wine has arrived in the Olympus of the finest Champagnes. Clear, matured and vinous on the intense and complex yet very delicate nose, this is a lush, succulent, perfectly round and intense 2002 that equilibrates its generosity and texture with great elegance and spellbinding balance. Stunningly, this seamless, charmingly seductive and voluptuous character is combined with great purity and harmony, especially in the finish that is not just round and caressing but also fresh, piquant and stimulatingly salty. Is there anything more we could expect from a Rosé Champagne? Even if you served me the wine in a black glass, it would still be a gorgeous, beautiful wine. Yes, it's wine rather than anything else, and its bubbly vinosity makes me desperate for more. If I just could, I would marry the 2002 Cristal Rosé straightaway. The cuvée reflects a great continental vintage as well as the stupendous terroirs of Aÿ (Pinot Noir: 60%), Avize and Mesnil (Chardonnay: 40%). The bottle I tasted at Roederer in Reims in May 2018 was disgorged in 2011, so, like the 2008, after eight years on the second lees. Drink 2018-2040.' – Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 100/100 (Jun 2018)

'The 2002 Cristal Rosé is one of the most overtly vinous wines in this lineup. Rich, powerful and voluptuous on the palate, the 2002 captures the exuberance of the year in spades. Hard candy, cinnamon, spices, mint and wild flowers wrap around the resonant, opulent finish. A head-turning beauty, the 2002 has really blossomed since I last tasted it a few years ago. It is also the showiest and most exotic wine in this vertical. I imagine the 2002 will reward readers with another 15-20 years of exceptional drinking, perhaps more. There isn't too much to say, except that this is one of the great wines of the vintage. Drink 2015-2032.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 98/100 (May 2015)

'Pale orangey salmon. Beautiful! Glorious delicacy and so rich! Positively vibrates in the glass with the most massive undertow.' – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, 19/20 (Jun 2019)

'Cristal Rosé was first made in 1974. The delicate colour comes from the carefully controlled saignée method which takes place after a cold maceration. This 2002 from magnum is dry, energetic and brightly fruited with a light tannic kiss. Summer fruits dominate the palate with rosehip, strawberry and rhubarb, giving the initial impression of sweetness. Then come the more mellow and savoury notes of cream, nougat and praline to round off the mid-palate. The crisp, succulent acidity and vinous texture are in total harmony, giving this rosé real presence and length. Very much in the Cristal mould with immaculate transparency and a controlled, delicate mousse. This has a long and glorious future, but its sheer sex appeal makes it difficult to resist now. Drinking Window 2017 - 2035.' – John Stimpfig, Decanter, 97/100 (Oct 2017)

'Showing its age well, this wine offers a mature toastiness balanced by rich red fruit. The acidity is well integrated, making this impressive wine ready to drink now.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 96/100 (Dec 2018)

'A generous, exquisitely balanced Champagne that perfectly captures the exceptional qualities of the 2002 vintage: concentrated, vinous and intense but with a boatload of finesse and crispness. All in all: proud, opulent and luxurious.' – Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master
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Condition New
Blend information 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating WA 100
Producer information Founded in 1776 in Reims, Champagne, Louis Roederer is one of the few family-owned and managed houses. After inheriting the house from his uncle in 1833, Louis Roederer renamed the house after himself. Under his management, Champagne Louis Roederer remained true to its age-old philosophy of quality. While other houses bought in grapes, Louis Roederer nurtured his vineyards, familiarised himself with the specific characteristics of each parcel, and methodically acquired the finest land. Today, the estate owns nearly 75% of the grapes in the region’s most sought-after vineyards stretching from Montagne de Reims to Valleé de la Marne. Jean-Claude Rouzaud and his son Frédéric run the business today and continue to put quality before quantity.
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