1990 Louis Roederer - Cristal 6.0L

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JR 19.5   WA 97   RJ 95   WS 94   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19.5

Disgorged June 2006. So very long period on lees. Dream vintage because there was nothing to do. 63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay. 3% oak fermentation. 11.2% at harvest.Quite firm gold. Some putty and mushrooms on the nose. Quite toasty, lemony, lively and broad. Definitely zesty even though there is weight too. Very complete with great force and direct acidity. Big and bold without being at all sweet. Wonderfully complete. Some floral notes. One to drink now with great pleasure.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The Louis Roederer 1990 Cristal is awesome! A classic of power and finesse, richness and delicacy, it may be the greatest Cristal I have ever tasted! One caveat. Champagne, more than any wine in the world, is extremely vulnerable to heat. Pierre Rovani has already tasted a cooked bottle of this wine. Readers need to be particularly careful when buying Champagne.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 119

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 95

A classic Cristal that is sometimes more open and a bit fatter than the '89, but is mostly a bitingly acidity, unreleased wine. There is the same delightful aromatic spectrum, with Roederer's typical toffee tone and rich but varied fruit. Big bottle variation probably due to the partial avoidance of malolactic fermentation. Absolutely wonderful lately.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

You won't soon forget this vivid and expressive Champagne. It packs in compound layers of citrus, vanilla, pear and nutmeg that harmonize and linger on the finish. Bright acidity makes it extra refreshing and layered. It has really opened up since last year. 25,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 89
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/03/2010
Alas, getting past its prime, fading but certainly drinkable.

Average rating: 96, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

34 bottles owned by 10 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Billecart-Salmon, Ployez-Jacquemart

Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend


Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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