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Champagne Brut Cristal 2012 Louis Roederer 75 cl

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Champagne Brut “Cristal” 2012 Louis Roederer 75 cl bottle is the flagship product and maximum expression of the Louis Roederer maison.

Why buy it?

Suitable for those who want to try a top-quality product with a very long history and tradition, among the best champagnes in the world. 2012 was a very difficult vintage for Roederer and in Champagne in general, which however made it possible to obtain a great balance between finesse and structure; it will therefore be remembered as one of the best vintages ever.

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History

The foundation of the maison takes place in 1776, but it will have the turning point when it will be taken over by Louis Roederer in 1833, who in addition to naming the company with his name, will introduce innovations for the care in the cultivation of his own vineyards, and will buy new ones personally selecting the best. Thanks to the attention to these details, his bottles will soon reach the United States and in particular Russia, reaching the table of Tsar Alexander II. It was in 1876 that the first “prestige cuvée” was created for the Tsar marketed under the name of “Cristal”, since it was marketed in a crystal bottle in order to better appreciate its color tone, which will soon become one of the best-selling and universally appreciated for their great elegance and quality. Even today this great elegance is the unique style of the company, under the guidance of the seventh generation of the family.

Grapes used

Pinot Noir 60%

Chardonnay 40%

Production method

This wine is produced according to the so-called methode champenoise or classic method, a method in which the wine substantially undergoes two different fermentations: the first, the alcoholic one (which it shares with the rest of the wines) takes place in vats for fermentation; the second instead takes place directly in the bottle and ensures that during this second procedure, thanks to particular yeasts, the wine also develops carbon dioxide (which will then give life to the famous bubbles when uncorked). Produced only in the best years, when the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reach full maturity, it then ages for at least 6 years on the lees and a further 8 months in the bottle after disgorgement.

Alcohol content

12.5%

Tasting notes

It is presented in the glass in a crystalline and bright straw yellow color, with a delicate and very fine perlage. On the nose, notes of candied fruit, orange peel are immediately perceived, followed by dried fruit, hazelnut, toasted almond, light and delicate aromas of melted butter and spices, good minerality. In the mouth it is full and powerful, but at the same time creamy, delicate and enveloping; we have ripe fruity notes which then evolve into a youthful freshness with aging potential, accompanied by more mature and spicy notes and a very long finish that pampers the palate even several seconds after the wine has been swallowed. Balance perfectly found in all its components, with potential for improvement over time. Truly an icon.

Possible combinations

“Cristal” 2012 Louis Roederer is ideal for a special evening, to celebrate an important event with friends and/or loved ones. It is perhaps not really important what goes with it but you could try it with some delicate dishes based on fine fish, even tasty, for example some salmon tartare, oysters, caviar.

Additional information

Weight 1,5 kg

Brand

Louis Roederer

The foundation of the maison takes place in 1776, but it will have the turning point when it will be taken over by Louis Roederer in 1833, who in addition to naming the company with his name, will introduce innovations for the care in the cultivation of his own vineyards, and will buy new ones personally selecting the best. Thanks to the attention to these details, his bottles will soon reach the United States and in particular Russia, reaching the table of Tsar Alexander II. It was in 1876 that the first "prestige cuvée" was created for the Tsar marketed under the name of "Cristal", which will soon become one of the best-selling and universally appreciated champagnes for its great elegance and quality. Even today this great elegance constitutes the unique style of the company, known and appreciated all over the world with more than 3,000,000 bottles produced and marketed, under the guidance of the seventh generation of the family. We arrive at this version through the collaboration between the maison and the architect Philippe Starck, for the realization of what appears to be a stylistic renewal or rather a real challenge launched by both; the label, with a completely different graphic aspect compared to the classic and prestigious design usually used by the maison, already underlines this aspect, while in the product we will find the exaltation of the natural characteristics of the grape and of the terroir from which it comes, with procedures of biodynamic agriculture.

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