Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 Vintage Champagne 75cl Gift Boxed

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Country France
Champagne Type Prestige
Region Champagne
Brand Louis Roederer
Grape Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Size 75cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2009
Maturity Ready but ideal for cellaring
Style Delicate and precise
Food Match Lobster and Crayfish or perfect with white fish such as monk fish and white meats
Presented in a new style, limited edition Cristal Gift Box with chrome opening, this would make the perfect present for any occasion. A wine of pure pleasure and sophisticated gastronomic wine, both powerful and delicate, combining subtlety and precision. The Cristal 2009 is delicate and etherial, exceptionally focussed and full of energy.

Yellow gold in colour with amber tints and persistent, fine and lively bubbles. Subtle on the nose with notes of citrus compote, candied apricots and honeysuckle. When aerated, notes of vanilla and cocoa bean emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon. The palate is structured and energetic with chalky, cherry freshness and an almost mentholated brightness.

Cristal, a blend of around 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot noir, is the prestige cuvee of Champagne Louis Roederer. Founded in 1776, and property of the same family since 1819, Louis Roederer is today one of the last (and one of the largest) major champagne houses still to be an independent family affair.

Initially founded as Dubois Pere & Fils in 1776, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle in 1833, renamed it and set out to target markets abroad. In 1909, Tsar Nicholas II nominated Louis Roederer as the official wine supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia. Roederer became established as a leading Grandes Marques producer and remains in the ownership of descendants Rouzaud - a family of leading Wine Specialists.

From a vineyard area of 240 hectares (590 acres), Louis Roederer produces two thirds of the grapes needed for its production, sourcing the remaining required fruit from established farming contacts.

Cristal was made commercially available in 1945 but was first created in 1876 for Alexander II of Russia, and is viewed by many as the first “Prestige Cuvée.” As the political situation in Russia at the time of his rule was unstable, the Tsar feared assassination. He ordered that champagne bottles for his Three Emperors Dinner be made clear, so that he could see the bubbles and also to prevent hiding a bomb within them, as could happen with a typical dark green bottle. Louis Roederer commissioned a Flemish glassmaker to create a clear lead glass bottle with a flat bottom. The Champagne has since become known as "Cristal" and is still presented in a flat-bottomed clear, "crystal" bottle, with its characteristc anti-UV cellophane wrapper and gold label.

Produced uniquely during the best years, grapes have attained perfect maturity, Cristal is aged for six years in Louis Roederers cellars and left for a further eight months after disgorgement.

Country Of Origin: France

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