2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Millesime Brut Champagne, RP97


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Tasting Notes:

97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful, structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004, at least today. Cristal is often accessible young, but that is far from the case here. This is a serious, painfully young Cristal that will require considerable patience. Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive, complete Cristal. The 2004 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is Lot L033331E100008, disgorged January, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. (AG) (12/2010)

97 points Wine & Spirits

The energy in this wine recalls the 2002 Cristal (I wrote “energy” three times in my notes.) In 2004, it’s explosive. The wine is saturated with flavor, from floral notes of rose to pale limestone and equally pale fruit. The flavors keep going, as if striding through doorway after doorway in a limestone cellar, the Champenois equivalent of Get Smart. Built to age as gracefully as Agent 99, this won’t disappoint if you open it now with scallop crudo. *100 Best Wines of 2011* (12/2011)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Exceptionally rich and dense, an exceptional wine that reveals itself in layers, from the first fruit attack to the mineral texture and the way it gradually fills the mouth. Selected from old vines, there is a great flavor in this wine, with the promise of many years’ aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV) (12/2012)

96 points John Gilman

The 2004 Cristal strikes me as an absolute classic vintage for this iconic bottling, but it will only really show its complete potential with extended bottle age. This was a warm vintage that produced beautifully ripe, but not overripe grapes and a very fine harvest season that allowed grapes to be collected in optimal condition throughout the different Champagne sub-regions. It was also the largest crop on record in Champagne up to that time, as the pent up energy of the vines from the torrid and atypical summer of 2003 allowed for a very, very generous cropload the following year. Twenty to twenty-five percent of the 2004 Cristal was barrel-fermented, with some battonage used for a percentage of the cuvée. The nose on the ’04 is deep and utterly refined, wafting from the glass in a blend of apple, pear, brioche, a lovely touch of orange zest, a beautifully complex base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully-balanced, with a lovely sense of reserve, superb mid-palate depth, zesty, pinpoint bubbles, crisp acids and laser-like focus on the nascently complex and stunning length and grip on the dancing finish. One can certainly drink the 2004 Cristal today with great enjoyment, but the real fireworks here are not going to start until this wine has rested quietly in the cellar for another decade! A stunning Cristal. (Drink between 2015-2040) 96+ (3/2018)

96 points Vinous

The estate’s 2004’s had been recently disgorged at the time of my visit. An explosion of fruit emerges from the 2004 Cristal, making a strong and very positive first impression. This is a wine of incredible finesse, length and balance that promises to develop beautifully over the next several decades. Today the 2004 comes across as more linear than the 2002. It should fill out nicely in bottle, although my sense is it will always remain a more focused, pointed vintage. The 2004 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. In 2009 dosage was 9-10 grams per liter, down from the 12 or so grams that was customary five years ago. This bottle was disgorged in January 2009. (AG) (7/2010)

95 points Allen Meadows – Burghound

In contrast to a remarkably large number of 2004 Champagnes that are noticeably reduced, this is by contrast wonderfully elegant, pure and beautifully layered with its array of toast/yeast, citrus, floral and soft pear aromas. There is outstanding energy to the utterly delicious flavors that are supported by a remarkably fine effervescence before culminating in a crisp, lemony and impressively complex finish. This is head and shoulders more interesting than the 2006 version and moreover, this is very clearly still on the way up though I stress that the complexity is so good that it could easily be enjoyed now. In a word, terrific. (6/2017)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.




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