1996 Louis Roederer - Cristal 750ml

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1996 Louis Roederer - Cristal
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International Wine Cellar | 94+

($175) Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, superconcentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange, flowers and honey supported by strong underlying structure. An amazingly solid Champagne with the stuffing for extended development in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 105

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Jancis Robinson | 19.5

Magnum. 61% PN, 39% Chardonnay. 3% oak fermentation. A green hint. Tangy and very vibrant and nervy and vivacious. Very tight and firm and tightly laced like a corset. More depth and extract than in the '99 – very nerveux. About as much astringence as the 1999, still. Very firm. Very fine and tight and angular. This should make spectacular old bones – if it’s allowed to.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 144

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Richard Juhlin | 94

It is, of course, insane to drink this wine this early. I quake at the thought of how much Cristal is going to be stolen from the cradle at nightclubs and fashionable restaurants in the rich parts of the world. I was almost ashamed when I—for professional reasons, of course—popped the cork. The entire register is certainly here already, but everything is so incredibly shy and subordinate to the high acidity. Buy all you can find and leave it forgotten for the time being in some dark corner of the basement. Having said that, certain bottles are already deliciously honeyed. Decanting is recommended at least up until 2004.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Wine Spectator | 94

A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant, offering citrus, pastry, biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture. Great structure for aging. 29,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2015
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Score: 95
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 01/04/2011
Always great.
More Vintages and Sizes of Louis Roederer - Cristal:

2005 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)
1990 (750ml)

About This Producer


Located just south of Reims, Louis Roederer is one of the largest remaining independent Champagne houses in France. It has been owned by the Rouzaud family since it was founded in 1776, and is most famous for producing the premium champagne Cristal. Tsar Nicholas II nominated Louis Roederer as the official wine supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia, and thus it became known as the "Champagne of the Tsars," or "Champagne of the Stars." Today, Roederer continues the tradition of producing fabulous champagne using century old methods yielding spectacular results.

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