Ratings & Tasting notes:
98 points Robert Parkers Wine Advocate:
The 1996 Cristal Rose is an intensely-flavored Champagne with an unusually light pale salmon color. Its effervescence is restrained (almost non-existent), but the flavors are intense in this dry, austere, provocative offering. An outrageously great, singularly-styled rose Champagne, it is best served with intensely-flavored food. It is a tour de force in Champagne to enjoy over the next 7-10 years. Louis Roederer does not display a disgorgement date or consumer friendly lot number on its non-vintage Brut. This is regrettable as it has consistently been one of the finer bottlings in this category.
98 points Vinous
Even better, the 1996 Cristal Rosé blossoms on the palate with magnificent depth and pure volume. The sense of phenolics ripeness and vinous intensity are very much evident. Today, the 1996 Cristal Rosé is utterly captivating for its sensual, enveloping personality and total sense of class. (AG) (10/2014)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.