2008 Louis Roederer Cristal

2008 Louis Roederer Cristal

Regular price $289.99
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Country: France

Region: Champagne

Vintage: 2008

Cépage: Pinot Noir (60%); Chardonnay (40%)

Size: 750 ml

Rating(s): 97+ (RP); 100 (JD); 100 (JS)

"This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot noir is a strong core and the chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025."

James Suckling (JS) - 07/17