2015 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne

SKU #1680760 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark For the warm and dry vintage this has tremendous freshness and elegance. The complex nose of citrus blossom, mint, lemon and lime zest opens up slowly as this aerates in the glass. The wine’s ample structure is still quite firm, which is a vintage characteristic, the mousse very fine but also very lively for an eight-year-old champagne. Cristal fans will love this as it is, but a year or two more in the bottle will do a lot for the very long mineral finish of this youthful masterpiece. A cuvee of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, picked from all 45 Cristal vineyard plots. Tasted at the Cristal vertical tasting at the champagne house on July 6th, 2023. Drink from release. (SP) Inner quote mark (8/2023)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark I have tasted the 2015 Cristal three times so far - once as part of an extensive vertical I will be reporting on shortly, and then later in my office. Those tastings paint a portrait of a complex Champagne that is still finding its center. Tasted at the maison, the 2015 is rich, dense and explosive, with tremendous textural intensity and also a good bit of energy to back it up. Citrus confit, spice, ginger, chalk and dried flowers abound in a Champagne endowed with tremendous aromatic presence in a style that offers notable richness, but lighter than vintages such as 2012. There is a bit of the savoriness that is such a signature of the year, but it is nicely integrated in the wine’s fabric. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2023)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark An open and inviting nose references cream, oatmeal and Amalfi lemon with the slightest edge of smoke. The palate immediately strikes with a mouthwatering lemon ripeness and a juicy, mouthfilling generosity reminiscent of yellow plum. It stays true to the trademark sleekness of Cristal and speaks of the concentration of 2015. Fine mousse accentuates the fullness and roundness of the wine while the long finish hints at chalky depth which, for now, is dominated by ripe stone fruit and more of that textured, rich notion of oatmeal. Definitely a Cristal to enjoy soon. (AK) Inner quote mark (4/2023)

95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark If the 2014 vintage was especially open and demonstrative, the 2015 Cristal is going to require more patience. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of citrus oil, crisp stone fruits, white flowers, crushed mint and subtle hints of buttery pastry, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a deep, concentrated and rather introverted core of fruit framed by chalky extract and animated by a pretty pinpoint mousse. This is a serious, vinous Champagne that has considerable substance to age and may well evolve along the lines of the lovely 1985. (WK) 95+ Inner quote mark (4/2023)

K&L Notes

The 2015 Louis Roederer “Cristal” Brut Champagne is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and is treated to 25% fermentation in oak. It did not undergo any malolactic fermentation and was dosed at 7 grams per liter. It is principally from Verzenay, Verzy, Beaumont-sur-Vesle and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Mesnil and Cramant for the Chardonnay. Jean-Baptiste explained that the heat of 2015 was strong, but the trick for Cristal was to pick late nevertheless- they started on the 7th of September and finished on the 20th. Some wines from 2015 come across as green because the flavor maturity did not come as fast as the sugar maturity, and he couldn’t let that happen with Cristal. -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2023 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I were invited to the pre-release party for this great wine at sushi Kusakabe in SF. We drank it with chef Mitsunori Kusakabe’s Hokkaido scallop and sea urchin, his Bluefin fatty tuna roll, his Unagi Shirayaki and a fantastic fish broth umami soup with Kyoto red miso. It was magical. The wine showed extraordinary purity, as Jean Baptiste Lecaillon, the chefe de cave of Roederer, had explained that he had pushed for as much freshness as he could in this warm vintage. The nose had perfect baguette toast, which developed into hazelnuts and nougat with air. This wine is clean, light and airy in the mouth… And far too easy to drink. The finish is saline and mineral and really tells the tale of the chalk on which it was grown.
Drink from 2023 to 2035

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