Cristal 2015

Producer Information

Champagne Louis Roederer was established in 1776 and is now run by the 7th generation of the family, Frédéric Rouzaud. With over 240 hectares of vineyards located exclusively in Grands and Premiers Crus villages, Champagne Louis Roederer is self-sufficient for approximately 70% of their non-vintage production and 100% of their vintage champagnes.

Pioneers in sustainable farming, Louis Roederer use organic practices in all their vineyards, and are certified organic in 115 ha, with the remainder of the estate in conversion.  The whole estate uses biodynamic practices and is inspired by the concepts of permaculture.  Working hand in hand with nature, respecting terroir and the pursuit of taste underpins everything they do.

In 1974, almost 200 years after the establishment of the Champagne house of Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation or Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create the Cristal Rosé cuvée. To achieve this, he selected old-vine Pinot Noir grapes using massal selection, which involves propagation from the vineyard’s most successful plants.


Cristal is a blend of seven Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs; Verzenay, Verzy, Beaumont-sur-Vesle, Ay, Avize, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant

Cristal 2015 is farmed 100% biodynamically.


Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.  No malolactic fermentation is carried out and 25% of the wines are vinified in oak. Dosage is 7g/l

Vintage Information

An extraordinary vintage which is also the year in which the Champagne region was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! 2015 followed the continental trend of that decade: a mild, wet winter and a hot, dry summer.  The summer, hot and sunny, brought record-breaking temperatures and water stress. The second half of August brought some very welcome rain, giving the vines some
much needed relief. Thanks to this fresh finish, the vines produced juicy, ripe and concentrated grapes. Our ambition for this vintage? To capture the concentration which is the hallmark of this spectacular vintage

Tasting Note

Deep yellow hue with a lustrous sheen.

Ultra-fine, dynamic bubbles.

Intense, concentrated bouquet of yellow fruit (white peach, mirabelle plum) combined with a delicious concentrated toastiness in the form of roasted hazelnut and almond aromas. Perfect, seamless and complex marriage of the almond, wheat and sweet pollen notes from the
Chardonnay with the juicy red fruit of the Pinot noir.

Concentrated, energetic and vibrant on the palate, starting out as a silky, almost oily, caress, with soft flavours of candied citrus and iodised spices. Then the powdery texture becomes tauter and the pure, precise and chiselled freshness crescendos. The salivating finish is underpinned
by slightly oaky, sappy and saline notes that create a simultaneous sensation of delicacy and concentration!


95 points Anne Krebeihl MW

Champagne, France
60% Pinot Noir
40% Chardonnay


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