During the tasting, Cristal 2002 of Roederer unveils a bouquet of a great richness revealing gradually the intensity of its aromas. Quaffable flowery notes, married to carefully toasted nuts, cacao and candied citrus fruits aromas, show the sophistication of this particularly racy cuvée. On the palate, Cristal 2002 is broad and caresses the palate with its unctuousness. This champagne reveals fragrances of riped fruits accompanied by quaffing notes of caramel, viennoiserie and white chocolate. The whole is completed by freshness on a nice bitterness, giving to the wine an exquisite crunchy sensation.
ROBERT PARKER 98 / 100
The Louis Roederer winery has been owned by the same family since the company was founded in Reims in 1776. Today it is one of the three most important independent champagne houses. Since January 2006, Frédéric Rouzaud, the direct descendant of Louis Roederer, has continued the company's philosophy of quality as Président-Directeur Général.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Back to history: the nose of the 2002 Cristal shows a deep, ripe and elegant fruit with aromas of white chocolate, wet chalk, wild vanilla and pepper (typical for 2002) as well as terroir-driven truffle notes. Intense and very elegant in the mouth, this is a ripe, rich and concentrated yet also pure and vital Cristal with great finesse, elegance and mineral complexity.
This is fantastic with lobster and beluga caviar, or a gourmet salad: lobster and foie gras. It also works with seared salmon or poached sea trout.