2012 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne France – The newly born 2012 Cristal comes to us with a patient heart, full of promise. It has been shaped by time and by its unique chalky soils and is now ready for us to enjoy after many years of ageing.
Time has worked its magic. Cristal is a giant with a patient heart. It is still brimming with youth, even after many long years spent resting in the cellars. The chalk has concentrated its texture and given it its unique energy and surprising depth. Its pure tension, opulence and remarkable persistence take it above and beyond any limits. It asserts its presence, flowing as sweetly as a mountain stream, yet structured by the strength and concentration of the vintage.
From the chalky depths, Cristal has forged its identity in these limestone soils which reflect the rays of the summer sun and capture the soft light of winter. Cristal has a restrained strength and a pervasive purity, like a lithe ballerina’s impossibly graceful leap through the air. A reverberation of bright fruit, an initial pulse which penetrates to the core and beckons contemplation. The limestone gives the wine its beautifully firm body, chalky concentration, as well as an ethereal lightness and delicate tension.
A new type of viticulture, carried out at full power, resonates deeply within this new vintage. This unusual and complex year gave birth to two cuvées, both intensely Cristal: a white and a rosé. Wines in which finesse, power, purity and elegance fill the entire space and once again relay the splendour of these chalk lands.
Born in a year of contrasts, Cristal 2012 weaves a subtle blend of strength and finesse, the happy alliance of superb depth combined with the freshness of its limestone terroir. This wine of substance and firepower, born in the light of the white soils, finds a rare intensity in this year of fabulous maturity.
Single Price: $450.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $400.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $4,800.00