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2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’

$499.00
  • Producer
    Louis Roederer
  • Vintage
    2012
  • Region
    Champagne
  • Size
    Magnum
SKU: ROECR12EC1

Located in Reims with 240 hectares of vineyards strategically spread across 16 villages including key sites in Montagne De Reims, Vallee De La Marne and Cotes Des Blancs, Louis Roederer has grown to be the largest independent and family owned Houses in Champagne.

When Chef De Cave Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon was asked regarding the “Blend” he simply replied “We do not blend, we combine” which is true to his base principles across the Roederer portfolio. In Combination with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the selected choice varietal and is expertly balanced to achieve desired depth and character in all his Champagne ranges.

Tasting Notes

98 Points Antonio Galloni
The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal. Drink 2022-2052.

98 Points James Suckling
Such attractive, fresh, floral aromas here with fine bread, hints of white almonds and a lemon edge. White cherries and strong, chalky minerals, too. The palate has a very composed feel. Seamless and quite silky texture with effortless length and flow. Very fluid and composed. Very late, warming almond flavors. This is very long and smooth with a velvety finish. Super long pinot weight. Resolved and drinkable, but will age so well.

2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’