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2004 Louis Roederer Cristal, Champagne RP--97 AG--96


Item Description: This bottle is in new condition with no known issues

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker: 97 Points
The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004 at least today. Cristal is often accessible young but that is far from the case here. This is a serious painfully young Cristal that will require considerable patience. Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive complete Cristal. The 2004 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is Lot L033331E100008 disgorged January 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. -Antonio Galloni

Antonio Galloni's Notes: 96 Points
96 The 2004 Cristal strikes me as an absolute classic in the making that will only really show its complete potential with extended bottle age. This was a warm vintage that produced beautifully ripe, but not overripe grapes and a very fine harvest season that allowed grapes to be collected in optimal condition throughout the different Champagne sub-regions. Twenty to twenty-five percent of the 2004 Cristal was barrel-fermented, with some battonage used for a percentage of the cuvée. The nose on the ’04 is deep and utterly refined, wafting from the glass in a blend of apple, pear, brioche, a lovely touch of orange zest, a beautifully complex base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully-balanced, with a lovely sense of reserve, superb mid-palate depth, zesty, pinpoint bubbles, crisp acids and laser-like focus on the nascently complex and stunning length and grip on the dancing finish. One can certainly drink the 2004 Cristal today with great enjoyment, but the real fireworks here are not going to start until this wine has rested quietly in the cellar for another decade! A stunning Cristal. (Drink between 2015-2040)

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