Christie’s Champagne Masterclass: Cristal in Magnum with Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

Christie’s Champagne Masterclass: Cristal in Magnum with Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

London, 2nd December: Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, chef de cave at Champagne Louis Roederer, hosted an intimate masterclass at Christie’s lining up 14 different Roederer vintages en magnum, including nine vintages of Cristal.

The event, held at Christie’s in central London, took their annual Champagne Masterclass to new heights this year, showcasing an exceptional range of wines from Champagne Louis Roederer, as part of their education series.

This was the first time in history that such a round-up had been brought together of such wines in magnum.

This unique Masterclass, “Cristal in Magnum”, was hosted by Master of wine Nancy Gilchrist and celebrated oenologist Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, from Champagne Louis Roederer. Over the course of the evening, Jean-Baptiste guided guests through the evolving characteristics of Cristal, shaped by the unique climate profile of each vintage, explaining how these factors would sculpt the wines’ development over time.

The discussion turned also to disgorgement times, and the impact it can have on the wines, demonstrated by the two vintages of Roederer 1990 – one disgorged in 2007, the other in 2015 (on 28th Sept).

Vintages included Cristal 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995; Cristal Rosé 2002, 1999, 1996, 1995; Roederer Brut Vintage 1999, 1997, 1990 (two different disgorgements); and Roederer Vintage Rosé 1993, tasted exclusively in magnum.


For further information about the event please contact Marinel FitzSimons.


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