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2007 Louis Roederer, Cristal 1x3L

JR17RP95VM94/100

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Vinous – 94/100

The 2007 Cristal is pretty reticent in this tasting. Then again, it is sandwiched between two great vintages. It is the product of a freakishly early year and an August harvest, rare at the time but increasingly within normal parameters today. The 2007 is 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, which is to say a bit more Chardonnay than typical. I have had better bottles of the 2007. Dosage is 9 grams per liter. Disgorged: 2015. [Antonio Galloni, 06/12/2023]

Anticipated maturity: 2023-2043

JancisRobinson.com – 17

Disgorged in 2013, dosage 9.5 g/l. 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, 15% of the cuvée is fermented in oak. Five years spent on the lees. Very early spring and ‘murky’ summer. Fungal diseases. Much more discreet nose than most. With the acidity a bit jagged and not gorgeously integrated. [18/11/2021]

Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026

Robert Parker – 95

Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon calls Cristal “the first terroir cuvée of the Champagne.” He furthers, “It’s not just Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, but the chalk that brings the ultimate finesse, length and precision of Cristal.” Forty-five blocks with averaging age of 43-years-old, low-yielding vines form the base of Cristal, which is usually made of approximately 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Due to an early bud break (end of March) and the wet summer, the 2007 was picked at the end of August, so almost 100 days after the flowering instead of the normal 93-95 days. There is a bit less Pinot Noir than usual (57%) and accordingly, more Chardonnay (43%) in the 2007 Cristal. This Champagne comes along in a golden color and with a deep and matured, yet well-defined bouquet of ripe yellow fruits and honey notes. Full-bodied, round and very complex, the generous 2007 is a perfect mix of ripe fruit and precise minerality. It is a silky textured, pure and precise, as well as powerful and expressive Champagne. It has great tension and grip in the very long and persistent finish. Great expression of chalk. The 2007 was disgorged in 2015. The 2009 is to be released in September; the 2008 won’t be in the market earlier than January 2018. Neither a 2010 nor a 2011 will be released, but a 2012. [Stephan Reinhardt, 28/09/2017]

Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030

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