Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

9.583 ratings
9.726 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Mike Saviage

Pop n pour - a treat from a friend before we head out. My first experience with this vintage. Nice mousse and color. Notes of toast and bread yeast, some citrus and stone. Not as vibrant as an 02 I last had, which is not surprising. And not as energetic as other 96 vintages I’ve had in the last year. Am told this was bought in release and stored in perfect conditions. Supports a premise that Cristal might need to be drunk within 20 years of the vintage.

Pop n pour - a treat from a friend before we head out. My first experience with this vintage. Nice mousse and color. Notes of toast and bread yeast, some citrus and stone. Not as vibrant as an 02 I last had, which is not surprising. And not as energetic as other 96 vintages I’ve had in the last year. Am told this was bought in release and stored in perfect conditions. Supports a premise that Cristal might need to be drunk within 20 years of the vintage.

Aug 14th, 2021
Darren Guillaume

1996 Rosé is a perfect start. Stone fruit on the nose. Very long finish with just the right amount of oxidative quality that makes it pair well with Crab. Cindy, Clay and Laura love it as well.

1996 Rosé is a perfect start. Stone fruit on the nose. Very long finish with just the right amount of oxidative quality that makes it pair well with Crab. Cindy, Clay and Laura love it as well.

May 1st, 2018
Greg Koslosky

The best bottle of this I have tasted to date , a great bottle!

The best bottle of this I have tasted to date , a great bottle!

Nov 7th, 2017
Nick Apone

1996 vintage.

1996 vintage.

1 person found it helpfulSep 28th, 2016
George Chen

96 Vintage....can go another decade easy! A mouthful of deadliness.

96 Vintage....can go another decade easy! A mouthful of deadliness.

Apr 8th, 2017
Ian Blackburn

I believe this to be a perfect wine. Cliché to enjoy something so celebrated, I believe it's the reason it is celebrated. 96 was a great vintage specially for Pinot Noir this wine is so balanced and pure around texture but the long and the linear and it's Percision and focus. Kudos to the winemaking team able to taste this youthful high acid fruit bottled flawlessly not masked by wood or oxidation but focused on purity and drinkability. This wine won the popular vote which isn't always the critical vote but in this case I cannot be critical of something so perfect.

I believe this to be a perfect wine. Cliché to enjoy something so celebrated, I believe it's the reason it is celebrated. 96 was a great vintage specially for Pinot Noir this wine is so balanced and pure around texture but the long and the linear and it's Percision and focus. Kudos to the winemaking team able to taste this youthful high acid fruit bottled flawlessly not masked by wood or oxidation but focused on purity and drinkability. This wine won the popular vote which isn't always the critical vote but in this case I cannot be critical of something so perfect.

Feb 9th, 2017
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Rosé out of Magnum. Absolutely delicious. In a great drinking window right now. Buy a bottle.

Rosé out of Magnum. Absolutely delicious. In a great drinking window right now. Buy a bottle.

May 21st, 2015
David Speer

Phenomenal. Finally a cristal that shows why those I respect love this wine.

Phenomenal. Finally a cristal that shows why those I respect love this wine.

May 10th, 2015
Elisa Scavino

Undescribebale....... 💫 🌟

Undescribebale....... 💫 🌟

Dec 25th, 2014
Alexis Davis Iaconis

Hospitality Director Copain Wines

9.4

Intense, rich and complex. An amazing wine

Intense, rich and complex. An amazing wine

Dec 15th, 2014