Cristal, the crown jewel and tête de cuvée of Champagne Louis Roederer, was originally crafted in 1876 as a special creation for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Its essence remains loyal to its historical roots, embodying elegance and purity. The production of Cristal adheres to strict winemaking standards, involving a meticulous selection of crus, vintages, grapes, and wine.
Cristal is exclusively made from the finest vintages sourced from crus that can be traced back to the Louis Roederer vineyards. The 2002 vintage of Cristal perfectly encapsulates all the exceptional qualities of that year, offering a generous and opulent character while striking a harmonious balance between concentration and finesse, freshness and richness, and intensity and refinement. In three words, it can be described as proud, rich, and luxurious.
The appearance of Cristal 2002 is characterized by its brilliant yellow hue with subtle amber undertones, and it showcases a delightful effervescence with a fine and consistent stream of bubbles. The aroma is intense and delicate, presenting a harmonious blend of flavors such as honey, cocoa, lightly toasted hazelnuts, and candied citrus fruit. Upon the first sip, it offers an explosion of ripe fruit, with notes of red fruit, white chocolate, caramel, and Danish pastry, which are signature elements of Cristal. Its texture is silky and concentrated, underpinned by a strong and full-bodied structure that still maintains a sense of refinement. The palate gradually builds to a delightful fusion of flavors, ultimately leading to a fresh finish with a touch of pleasant bitterness that adds a delightful crunchiness to the experience.