The Louis Roederer 2005 Cristal is the epitome of champagne excellence, crafted exclusively in the finest vintages when Chardonnay (approximately 40%) and Pinot Noir (about 60%) grapes have reached their pinnacle of ripeness. This exceptional champagne matures for six years in the cellars of Louis Roederer and undergoes an additional eight months of aging after dégorgement. What emerges is a Champagne of unparalleled balance and sophistication. Its silky texture caresses the palate, while fragrant notes of white fruit and citrus dance harmoniously with a potent mineral essence. This Cristal expresses a remarkable length that is uniquely its own. Notably, it possesses the capacity for extended aging, gracefully retaining its freshness and character for over two decades. A true masterpiece, the Louis Roederer 2005 Cristal is a testament to the art of champagne-making at its finest.
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!"