Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2002

An extraordinary year that brought together all the factors that make for a great Champagne year: constantly warm temperatures without excessive heat or sun preceded by a markedly mild winter; a reduction in rainfall (about 20%) during the growth cycle; cool nights and a cold dry north-easterly wind from August to September.  Ese exceptionally favourable conditions combined meant that the grapes matured perfectly and their fl avours were nicely concentrated.

Harvesting started 12 September for the chardonnays with an average sugar concentration superior to 11% natural alcohol.

PRODUCTION:

In 1974, nearly 200 years after the creation of the Maison Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create Cristal Rosé. To do this end, he selected old vine pinot noir grapes, according to specifi c characteristics, located on the fi nest of the Aÿ vineyards. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with clay and limestone soil and in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today these vines are organically grown.

STYLE:

Clearly imbued with the Cristal style, this wine has purity, fruit, fi nesse and incomparable harmony. In three words: proud, rich, and luxurious.

ELABORATION:

60% Pinot noir – 40% chardonnay – 20% of the wines vinifi ed in oak barrels with weekly batonnage. No malolactic

Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2002

fermentation. To create Rosé champagnes, Louis Roederer still uses the saignée method after cold maceration that can last 5 to 8 days in the liquid phase. Cristal Rosé is matured 6 years in the cellar and rests for 8 months after disgorgement to perfect its maturity. Dosage of between 8 and 10 g/l is adapted to each vintage.

TASTING NOTES:

«A salmon pink hue, with radiant highlights and incredible youth. A regular, refi ned and lively eff ervescence. An intense, rich, bewitching bouquet of red fruit and citrus zest associated with more complex notes redolent of cedar and spring sap.  e aromas evolve gently in the glass evolving from dried fruits, fresh almonds and frangipane, to notes of Tarte Tatin, oven–baked apples and caramel. In tastings, the wine is soft and silky on the palate with a marvelous harmony of fl avour and concentration of fruit.  e attack is fruity and crisp. Finesse and fruit combine to create a full palate that melts in the mouth, giving way to candied citrus and dried fruits.  e exceptional characteristics of the 2002 vintage have been literally captured in this generous epicurean Cristal Rosé 2002, which reveals a perfect equilibrium between concentration and fi nesse, richness and freshness, intensity and refi nement.»

Source: champagne-roederer.com , Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon