2002 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne

SKU #1037666 100 points Wine & Spirits

 If a wine could ever make you want to pull the top down on your '68 Ferrari convertible, rip off the rearview mirror and take off, this is it. It has a different kind of energy than the '02 Cristal Rosé, which is more ethereal, like strawberries at the right hand of some ancient Gallic god. This is more insolent, brash, earth bound. All the scents and flavors seem to emanate from limestone, as does the acidity, which hits at the front of the mouth and powers through the wine with the kind of solar energy that lifts mist off the white chalk on a cool morning in Cramant. The wine goes on for miles. It's already irresistable, and will only improve with ten, 20, 30 and 40 years of age.  (12/ 2009)

99 points James Suckling

 An exceptional vintage with the same piercing drive and precision as the scintillating 1996. Intensity and fine concentration are the hallmarks of this fine Champagne; chalky aromas, fine citrus and tight, minerally restraint, some quite concentrated stone fruits here, peach and nectarine, really assertive, some flint and mineral too. The palate is needle-like in its precision, piercing acidity and fine floral notes, clean and long. Not one to be missed. A concentrated vintage with wind dehydrating the grapes ahead of harvest. An exotically flavoured, yet tightly structured Cristal.  (7/ 2014)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is an exceptional wine, as is the vintage. The fruits - grapefruit, crisp red apple - balance with a fine yeasty character. There is a great depth of flavor, the fruits going in a pure line of freshness. The one problem is that it is much too young, the result of the demand from the market for the next vintage. Age this wine for at least four years.  (12/ 2008)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide

 ***Three Stars*** Its Pinot Noir portion notwithstanding, this wine has a crisp, chalky, lightly citrusy, lightly toasty aroma that is more than a little bit suggestive of an elegant Blanc de Blancs. And perhaps that is its secret. It is an incredibly refined yet deep wine whose suggestions of roasted soy and caramel are kept as complex nuances within a well-filled, refreshing, crisp set of flavors and a graceful, lengthy aftertaste. It occupies a comfortable middle ground between the quiet refinement of Dom Perignon and the bold approaches of the top Bollinger and Krug wines.  (12/ 2008)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Roederer’s 2002 Cristal is still in its infant, fresh stage. Subtle notes of pears, flowers, spices, mint, minerals and oak are woven into a cashmere-like frame of extraordinary grace and elegance. This beautifully-sculpted Champagne possesses notable clarity but with the additional depth of fruit that is characteristic of this vintage. It is a gorgeous, seductive Cristal of the highest level. In 2002, Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with 10 grams of dosage. 20% of the wine was fermented in oak. (AG)  (12/ 2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A suave customer, with hints of citrus, berry and coffee. Harmonious and refined, with freshness and a bright structure. The finish shows a lot of potential, with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2030. (Web Only - 2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold with a steady bead. Orange, ripe pear, red berries and white flowers on the nose, with complementary notes of lemon, honey, sweet butter and smoky minerals. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors are braced by gentle minerality, picking up subtle baking spice and buttered toast notes with air. Surprisingly generous at this stage, with smoky mineral and floral qualities on the finish. This is more open-knit than the comparatively elegant 2000 and appears ready to drink.  (12/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. Straw. Very mineral and focused on the nose. Sharp as a spear. Yet with great delicacy. So tightly laced! Really tastes as though it is only just becoming drinkable. Really tight and fresh and tense. Admirably different. Very long. Beautifully constructed. 19/20 points.  (11/ 2012)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2009  | Send Email
This Champagne comes entirely from estate Grand and Premier Cru vineyards and is one of the finest young Cristals I have tasted. It is very, very dry and tight, with the kind of precision and minerality that one would only expect from a much smaller production Champagne.

 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 9/15/2010 
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Pale gold in color with millions of tiny almost microscopic bubbles...Crisp notes of apple intermingle with a honey like sweetness on the nose, I also detect a topnote of buttery toast, and a bit of chalk...

millions of miniscule bubbles massage the pallate with a dry basenote that supports a slight lemon zest flavor and hints of something that I would describe as bubble gum or perhaps cotton candy (a flavor that takes you back to your childhood for a moment)...I also detect a bit of fresh peach...

the finish is dry and lingers without ever becoming cloying, a persistent, clean mix of sweet peach and tangy lemon with just a bit of tart apple...This particular vintage seems to be noticably different from the last few that I've tried (which were all excellent aswel)...It has a certain "candy" quality that I have never noticed in previous vintages, I'd imagine this will only get more spectacular with age...

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Other White Wines

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12