1999 Louis Roederer - Cristal 1.5L

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WA 98   RJ 94   IWC 92(+?)   WS 91   JR 18   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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
Issue: 162

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 94

I seldom have the opportunity of enjoying a whole bottle on my own, but when I sat down in the Continental Restaurant in Reims on a job trip and saw that this new vintage of Cristal had just been launched in secret, I was unable to resist the temptation. I sat for hours and sipped at it until I had emptied the whole bottle, and with a smile on my lips I strolled out to the magnificently illuminated cathedral in the autumn night. I can sum up my detailed impressions briefly by saying that the aroma was weak and immature while the flavour had a fairytale elegance, concentration and classicism. Time will tell where we finally end up.

Author: Richard Juhlin

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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: Issue 129

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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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2015
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

58% PN, 42% Chardonnay. Had to build the wine a bit so had 24% oak fermentation.Much deeper, pink colour than the 1996. Very broad, developed nose. Quite meaty on the nose and still delicate on the palate. Quite sensuous, like a feather brushing the palate. Far from aggressive. Actually quite chewy ? still quite astringent even if not desperately acid. There?s a certain apparent sweetness. Cr?me patissi?re notes.

Drink Dates: 2012-2016
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 100
Author: G
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/14/2015

Rating: 100
Author: wlee0607
Tasted On: 03/21/2010

Rating: 96
Author: juglum
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/31/2010

Rating: 95
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/16/2013

Rating: 92
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/31/2011

Average rating: 93, based on 10 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

89 bottles owned by 24 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.

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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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