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"Superb" 97-Point Cristal - Limited Stock In Time for the Holidays - 11/18/2017 - Champagne

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time stock up on those celebratory bottles that make the season shine that much more brightly. And no wine says celebration quite like the triple 97-Point, Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut. Both the critics and we agree it is a spellbinding effort that is terrific for drinking now, but also has the structure to develop for decades. So whether you are looking for a bottle to pop now or are on the hunt for a special gift, “Cristal” is a flawless choice. Our allocation is limited, so quick action will be needed to secure your bottles.

Harvested exclusively from organically grown estate vineyards, the 2009 is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Coming from an exceptionally ripe vintage this collectible sparkler unveils ample fruit flavors of apple and pineapple along with brioche, chalk, and more. Splendidly dynamic it evolves in the glass showing perfect composition and composure from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to procure one of the greatest Champagnes around and what we have in-stock never lasts through the holidays.

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2009 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne ($199.99)

97 points Decanter: "Long lingering finish. A great and supremely elegant Champagne. (ME)" (10/2016)

97 points James Suckling: "A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style." (10/2016)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "The latest incarnation of this famous Champagne now comes from Roderer's own vineyards, a good portion of which are run on biodynamic lines. This still-young wine has great depth and richness, a beautiful balance between ripe fruit and crisp texture that make it alive, crisp and bright. As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Rich, creamy and radiant, the 2009 Cristal captures all of the natural generosity of the vintage while also retaining a good bit of freshness and aromatic intensity. Immediate and totally sensual in its allure, the 2009 will drink well with minimal cellaring. All things considered, at this stage, the 2009 comes across as relatively restrained for a wine from a warm year. (AG)" (07/2017)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "Cristal 2009 is supple and lovely, the vintage adding richness to the clarity and precision of its fruit, heightening the sense of purity from a wine exclusively made from chalk terroirs. Its a straight line of flavor widened by fruit notes of just-ripe white peach and deeper tones of red currant. What ornate charm this offers may be clarified by the details (60 percent pinot noir, 40 percent chardonnay, from seven grand cru villages, plus Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, where Roederer owns exceptional parcels of pinot noir, a portion of the lots fermented in barrel, none of it allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation). But this is not the kind of symphonic blend that other houses strive to produce. Young Cristal offers resonance rather than complexity, a long, gentle reverberation that lasts. Its future lies in its perfect shape, something time will address with a patina on the surface and in layers below." (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "White peach and acacia blossom aromas accent the flavors of poached apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and spun honey in this harmonious Champagne. The satiny mousse caresses the palate, while firm, focused acidity drives the lasting finish. *Collectibles* (AN)" (11/2016)

K&L Notes: For the second time in history, Champagne house Louis Roederer has chosen to release their famous Cristal out of vintage order, since the 2008 needs more time on the lees.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

Theres a real purity of fruit to Cristals 2009: apple shines through, with lovely sweetness tempered by bright acid and a delicate finish. This is an easygoing vintage, so much so that Roederer pushed it ahead of the more structured 2008, and theres a lot to love about this layered release: creamy roundness, subtle leesy character, and for the first time, all organic, Grand Cru vineyard sources! 40% Chardonnay from chalky soil adds freshness, while the remaining 60% Pinot Noir lends accessibility. Cristal is always a treat, but the complex, age-worthy 2009 overdelivers.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

Among the prestige cuvées in Champagne, Louis Roederers Cristal stands out for its delicacy, purity and precision. It is made entirely from mid-slope Grand Cru vines, with no malolactic fermentation and seven years of lees aging. Even in its relative youth, the 2009 displays a meticulous nature: mouth watering, fresh citrus fruit and white flower flavors with subtle underlying pastry notes that meld seamlessly with the richness from the long lees aging. This impressive vintage will last at least 30 years, so set a couple aside!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2016

For many years now, Champagne Louis Roederer has been leading the way in progressive practices in the vineyard in the region. This approach showed in the wines at this years staff summit, and in a quite spectacular way. The wines of Roederer really have a shine to them, and the soon to be released 2009 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne exemplifies this luminescent style. Roederer has been the largest organic vineyard owner in Champagne for many years, and this is the first year that Critstal has been made exclusively from these organic, mid slope, pure chalk sites. The ripe vintage of 2009 has made for a precocious wine that is already showing much more aroma and giving much more pleasure than Cristal normally does when first released. That being said, this is a chalky, complex, detailed Champagne that has decades and decades of time to shine!