Champagne Louis Roederer, founded in 1776, remains one of the very rare family Champagne businesses. For two centuries, six succeeding generations have been inspired by the same concern for quality. Frederic Rouzaud took up the reins in early 2006 from his father Jean-Claude Rouzaud who remains Chairman of the Board. Jean-Claude, grandson of Madame Camille Olry-Roederer and himself a trained Oenologist had led the company for 38 years, and is referred to as the 'Sage' of Champagne (the wise man of Champagne).
Frederic has spent the past 10 years working with his father in all areas of production and business and will bring his great business acumen and academic background to the company. Louis Roederer is unique in Champagne owning two-thirds of the vineyards for their total production covering the Pinot Noir sub regions of "Montagne de Reims" and "Vallee de la Marne" with Chardonnay from the "Cotes des Blanc". By 1995, recent acquisitions had increased Louis Roederer's holding from 180 hectares to almost 190 hectares, ranking 97.5% on the official classification scale.
With staggering density and impressive balance, this is one of the greatest Roederer Cristal ever made. It's a wine for the long term, and it's best to leave it for six or seven years in the cellar before drinking. However, the vibrant youth of this great champagne is hard to be patient with. Simply put, it's great to drink anytime. Rating: 100 Points; James Suckling
This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable, apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Louis Roederer's own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Rating: 100 Points; Wine Enthusiast
Never has a champagne achieved such perfection on its début - absolutely top marks. Cristal 2008 has succeeded in doing just that. What more is there to say? It has everything and more. This is when you realise that, if you are to judge it, you shouldn't try looking for it, but turn your thinking on its head and ask yourself: What does it lack? What's wrong with it? Nothing. Balance and perfection. Rating: 100 Points; Alberto Lupetti; Grandi Champagne
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