Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Brut - Medallion Bottle 3L

Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Brut - Medallion Bottle 3L

Region: Champagne, France

Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay



The 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Medallion Bottle is a true masterpiece, a fusion of technical brilliance and artistic inspiration. Encased in a lattice of 24-carat gold, reminiscent of fine jewelry craftsmanship, this cuvée is a sight to behold. Its jewel-like appearance, adorned with sensual powdered gold openwork, reveals myriad reflections, showcasing its multifaceted allure. Each medallion bottle is a testament to exceptional handcraftsmanship, requiring the skill of two master goldsmiths, twelve métiers, seven meters of brass strip plated in 24-carat gold, 158 silver soldering points, and four days of meticulous labor.

This Champagne unveils its precision, silkiness, and harmonious character. It boasts a rich, powerful body with an impeccable balance and tremendous aging potential. Delicately taut, it presents a pure and precise symphony of sweet flowers, cocoa, finely roasted hazelnuts, and candied citrus fruits. The texture is infinitely silky, concentrated, and flavorsome, delivering an explosion of ripe fruits, red fruits, white chocolate, caramel, and pastries that are quintessentially Cristal. The 2002 vintage was truly extraordinary, meeting all the criteria for Champagne greatness with uniformly warm temperatures, a mild winter, and just the right amount of rainfall during the growing cycle. This Louis Roederer Cristal Medallion Bottle is a testament to timeless craftsmanship and exquisite taste, making it an exceptional addition to any connoisseur's collection.

Robert Parker - 96 Points

"Tasted from the original 2009 disgorgement, the 2002 Cristal is a broad, vinous wine, bursting with aromas of honeyed yellow orchard fruit, warm butter, brioche and fresh peaches. On the palate, it's full-bodied, textural and mouthfilling, rendering the fine-boned chalky structure and textural finesse that distinguish this quintessentially elegant style of this cuvée in a broader-shouldered, more enveloping register. The 2002 is beginning to enter its plateau of maturity and is drinking beautifully today, though it still has many years ahead of it."

Antonio Galloni - 100 Points

"Roederer’s 2002 Cristal, from magnum, is just off the charts. What else is there to say? The magnum format is so well-suited to Champagne. As opposed to still wines, which are just aged in glass, for Champagne, the secondary fermentation takes place in the glass. I am convinced that is a major part of what makes Champagne from magnum (or larger) often so compelling. The texture, breadth and overall pedigree here is just remarkable, with layers of apricot, spice, dried flowers and citrus confit that continue to build over time. The 2002 is neither old nor young; it is quite simply eternal. What a great way to start the night. Wow!"