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2013 Louis Roederer Cristal: New vintage release

We have managed to secure an early allocation of the latest release of Louis Roederer Cristal, from the 2013 vintage.  Offered ahead of the official release in May and in advance of the major critics releasing their tasting notes, this is a somewhat below the radar offer.  What we do know is that demand for Cristal appears to be unfailing and stocks are likely to disappear rapidly.

Unlike in many other fine wine regions in France, 2013 was a promising growing season in Champagne, characterised by a particularly late start to the growing season. A long winter was followed by a very cool, late spring.  Flowering began at the start of July.  Fortunately, the summer was glorious, with plenty of sunshine, record high temperatures and very low rainfall, ideal for the ripening of the Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. The temperatures were cool for the October harvest and the resulting wines are elegant and fresh. 

Chardonnay on the Côte des Blancs (which makes up around one-third of the blend) fared particularly well.  Roederer's Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon commented that 2013 has the same acidity and balance as 1988 (taut, elegant vintage champagnes, to those of us who remember that vintage!).  It appears to be quite a classic year, with concentration but also elegance and good acidity, making for long ageing potential.

Offered on allocation at £825 per six bottles in bond.*  Very limited availability. 

*All prices are time specific and are superseded by price shown on our main fine wine list. 

Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims

Producer Profile

Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims

Founded in 1776, Roederer became one of the great names of Champagne under Louis Roederer, who inherited the estate in 1833.  Part of his approach was to acquire vineyards in the grands and premiers crus classified villages, at a time when most houses bought in the majority of their grapes.  This is why today, Roederer, along with houses like Bollinger, have a relatively high proportion of their vineyards under their own ownership, with a consequent effect on the quality of the raw ingredients - the grapes. 

In the last decade, the house has renewed this focus, converting on a massive scale to organic and biodynamic viticulture, using minimal spraying and techniques like horse-drawn ploughing in between vine rows on their 240 hectare estate.  Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is one of the leading lights of modern champagne production.We have certainly noticed the impact on quality, from the NV Brut Premier up to the sought-after Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia.

Roederer remains independently owned, with the Rouzaud family firmly in charge.  They have also added a list of benchmark estates from around the world to their portfolio, including Domaines Ott in Provence, Ramos Pinto in the Douro and the jewel in the crown, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux.

SPARKLING 2013 3 cases Louis Roederer - Cristal 75cl £850 per case of 6 Louis Roederer
2013 / 3 cases / 75cl
£850 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and warm brioche introduce the 2013 Cristal, a full-bodied, layered and incisive wine that's taut and chiseled but also notably exuberant in a vintage that I admire immensely but which can sometimes present an austere side. Deep, concentrated and penetrating, it's complemented by a pinpoint mousse and concludes with a long, saline finish. Less introverted than its 2012 predecessor, readers won't regret trying a bottle of the 2013 Cristal young—even if I'd recommend forgetting some for a decade too. Drink 2021 - 2051. 96 points" erobertparker.com (WK)

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