Cracking Cristal Trio
In the last decade 3 stunning vintage releases of Louis Roederer Cristal (& Cristal Rosé) have left Champagne aficionados across the world starstruck.
The 2002 Cristal (in magnum) rocketed to #1 spot in Antonio Galloni’s 2002 Champagne ratings when re-released in late 2019 (99pts), while 2002 Cristal Rosé stands alone at the top of Wine Advocate’s rankings with a perfect 100pt score.
In the magical year of 2008 both Cristal and Cristal Rosé were equal second for Galloni with 99pts apiece, these beauties pipped only by the 100pt 2008 Salon. Members of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave both cuvees 100pt scores, with James Suckling also chiming in with perfect 100. Our own Huon Hooke held back with 99pts but ranked it #1 Champagne for the entire 2008 vintage.
Not to be outdone, the newly released 2012’s are another masterpiece. Cristal Rosé and Cristal hold down rankings #1 and #3 respectively in the Wine Advocate whilst Galloni has them topping the charts yet again - outright 1st and outright 2nd. James Suckling equally impressed with 99pts. It’s a truly astonishing decade for Roederer and a mythical time for Champagne lovers - no Champagne house can lay claim to such stupendous results over such a short time frame.