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This wine has a pale pink colour with youthful bluish highlights and fine, regular bubbles. An intense, pure Pinot Noir bouquet, offering an explosion of red fruit (morello cherry) with somewhat liqueur hints. This is followed by a deep, thorough mineral quality with a fairly powdery feel (chalk).
On contact with air, hints of autolysis begin to appear, with a slightly more grilled, toasted aroma. There are multiple dimensions in the mouth, which is both dense and concentrated. A delightful combination of red fruit, black fruit and fresh flowers, accompanied by crystalline and mineral sharpness.
Incredible energy combined with concentration is expressed in the middle of the mouth; there is an exciting contrast between the concentration and density of an almost liquorice fruit on the one hand, and pure, long mineral sharpness on the other - simply the hallmark of great Pinot Noirs! Due to the great ripeness of the grapes on limestone terroirs, this Cristal Rosé 2005, more than ever before, is on the frontier between the world of Champagne and the world of great, refined, concentrated Pinot Noirs. The perfect blend of finesse, concentration and energy!
55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay - 20% of the wines are vinified in oak barrels with weekly batonnage and no malolactic fermentation. To create Rosé champagnes, Louis Roederer still uses the saignée method after cold maceration that can last 5 to 8 days in the liquid phase. Cristal Rosé is matured 6 years in the cellar and rests for 8 months after disgorgement to perfect its maturity.
Dosage of between 8 and 10 g/l is adapted to each vintage.
Established in 1776, Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the few remaining completely independent family owned, great Champagne houses. By 1876 the House had achieved such a reputation for quality that the second Louis Roederer was asked by Tsar Alexander II to create Cristal for the exclusive use of the Russian Tsars and in so doing created the first ever Cuvée de Prestige.
In 1974, nearly 200 years after the creation of the Maison Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create Cristal Rosé. To do this end, he selected old vine pinot noir grapes, according to specific characteristics, located on the finest of the Aÿ vineyards. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with clay and limestone soil and in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today these vines are organically grown.
Cristal Rosé is the rarest champagne produced by Champagne Louis Roederer. When the ideal vintage occurs and the wine is produced, it is done with regimented standards of winemaking that require a rigorous selection of crus, vintages, grapes and wine. The traditional skin maceration is used in order to gently extract the natural pigments for the unique colour and create the particular style of this rosé.
The cuvée Cristal Rosé is produced exclusively from the best grapes of Louis Roederer's own "Premier Cru" vineyards, primarily those of Aÿ, Verzenay, Verzy and Cumières for the Pinot Noir, and Le Mesnil sur Oger and Avize for the Chardonnay. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with clay and limestone soil and, in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today these vines are organically grown.