2000 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
95 points Wine & Spirits. 91 points Wine Spectator: "This goes for personality and finesse. An assertive, honeyed style, with plenty of citrus flavors. Mature coffee and roasted nut accents are peeking through, with a robust structure and a dried citrus aftertaste. Drink now through 2018." (Web only, 2007) The jewel in the Champagne Louis Roederer crown, Cristal, was created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The 2000 vintage is rich and precise, glittering like flecks of gold in the glass, with just a hint of green. It exhibits amazing aromatic complexity, with scents of fresh almonds and sweet flowers, notes of peach, white chocolate, caramel and a hint of hazelnut. The palate is fleshy and smooth with mineral notes mid-palate. Refreshing crispness and a low dosage add to this wine's delicacy and strength. Perfectly poised between pinot noir's structure and chardonnay's finesse, one sip and the fine bubbles of this champagne will quickly remind you that you are drinking one of the world's finest bubblies.