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1999 Louis Roederer - Cristal

FRANCE / CHAMPAGNE /
abv 12.0%
  • 98 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 20 JR
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Champagne Blend
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SKU: 58063-1999-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($188) Light gold. Vibrant, tangy aromas of apple, pear, white peach and minerals. Wound tight right now, only reluctantly offering up flavors of fresh orchard fruits, herbs and pepper. Finishes zesty and long. Seems less deep than the 1997 bottling; is this just in a sullen, youthful stage?
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2006
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    From jeroboam. Wow. Stunning nose, really stunning. Toasted marshmallows, saline, apple juice. Flinty, sparky, firework smokiness. Evocative. This is what the fuss is all about! (RH)
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    From the family collection, disgorged ten years after harvest, slightly lower than original dosage. A warm year, the hottest since 1959 at the time, this has high ripeness and plenty of spice, a touch reductive, gentle citrus peel and some candied tropical fruits, clear chalk, dried honey and brioche too. The palate has a compression to it, smooth and finely layered texture here, some flesh and some succulent texture, generous dried red cherry fruit flavours pressed together with layers of more savoury autolysis. Complex and textural Champagne. -NS
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    High-toned and floral, with hints of coconut and spice. Firm and lively. Needs a little time to integrate and resolve the fine mousse with the tactile finish. More backward and powerful than most 1999s, this has potential. 29,000 cases made.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish. Louis Roederer does not display a disgorgement date or consumer friendly lot number on its non-vintage Brut. This is regrettable as it has consistently been one of the finer bottlings in this category.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 5

    Author: wlee0607
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: sbind
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: drueklase
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mark Fox
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: juglum
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very powerful apple scent and very smooth silky texture. Long finish. Would consume 2010-2015. Will say though that for $200 I would try to get a Jacques Selosse NV.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: Edmonds
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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Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile. 

Champagne is a challenging place to grow grapes. Winter freeze, spring frost, heavy rains, and cloudy skies in this cool, continental climate are the norm. Growers must manage a high degree of annual volatility in weather and blending across varieties and vintages is required to create consistency in the wines. Despite the challenges, Champagne has an ideal climate and terroir for sparkling wine production. Chalk-dominated soils provide drainage after rainstorms but retain sufficient water during dry periods, and cool weather produces grapes with high acid and low sugar levels, even in the warmest years. In the rare seasons when weather conditions are at their best, wine aficionados across the globe are blessed with vintage Champagne, one of the most age-worthy and delicious wines in the world.

Champagne blends are composed of the region’s three main varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier. Chardonnay contributes a light body, high acidity, and floral and citrus fruit character to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure along with aromas of red fruit, while Pinot Meunier contributes fresh fruit. Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are made from white grapes only, while Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made with black grapes only.

Young champagne typically displays aromas of pear, apple, lemon, popcorn, vanilla, almonds, and cream. With age, Champagne can impart very complex mineral- and earth-driven aromas. For some of the finest examples, look to the houses of Moët & Chandon (Dom Pérignon), Krug, Louis Roederer, and Bollinger.

Champagne’s high acidity and festive bubbles make it one of our favorite pairings, and match it well with buttery, fatty, and salty foods. Classics include caviar, oysters, clams, creamy cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and popcorn.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1507 bottles owned
  • 235 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 235 collectors)