On Wednesday 12th October 2016 Champagne Louis Roederer launched Cristal 2009 alongside a specially commissioned piece of art inspired by the new vintage at the Sky Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
To celebrate the new vintage, Roederer CEO Frédéric Rouzaud and Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon joined guests at the Shangri-La London, at their newly launched Sky Lounge bar on the 34th floor. The latest vintage, the brilliant, sun-drenched Cristal 2009, launched, according to Rouzaud, to “help life [the UK] out of depression after Brexit”, was enjoyed in Cristal flutes designed by the sommelier at Les Crayeres in Reims specially for the wine. Fruit-driven and approachable upon release, the vintage demonstrates all the hallmarks of Roederer excellence and finesse as well as the ephemeral complexity of the highly prized Cristal terroir.
For the first time in the history of the House, a vintage has been released out of chronological order, with the 2008 kept in the cellars to benefit from further ageing.
The House celebrated the launch of the new vintage, as well as the timeless spirit of Cristal, with a specially commissioned interactive light sculpture by London-based artist, Aphra Shemza.
The piece, entitled Heart Beats of Cristal, takes inspiration from the bright personality of Cristal; the lively bubbles of pale gold and amber lights, the crystalline purity and sculpted palate. The repetition of spheres and LED lights comes to life when a viewer is present, casting a gentle movement to emulate an exquisite ‘dance in a glass’.
A visual attraction, the sculpture will be unveiled on October 11th in the new Sky Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. This superlative Champagne bar on Level 34 features a 3m high Wine Wall, offering the largest selection of Louis Roederer Champagnes in the UK, including curated champagne tasting flights and champagnes by the glass.
The artwork will be on display in the Sky Lounge until the end of January 2017.
For more information or hi-res imagery of the Wine Wall, Cristal 2009, or Heart Beats of Cristal by Aphra Shemza, please contact Marinel Fitzsimons on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 please click here.
Photo credit: David Wilman
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