Wine type: champagne - Louis Roederer Cristal
Vintage and alcohol content: 2009 - 12°
Region: Grands and Premiers Crus de la Marne - France.
Grape/blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
Type soil: cold beauty and south-facing clay hillside.
Colour: yellow-gold colour with mat and amber tints.
Aroma: a subtle bouquet, simultaneously discreet and concentrated. It releases notes of citrus compote and candied apricots and evokes the sweetness of honeysuckle.
Tasting notes: when aerated, notes of vanilla-edged cocoa bean emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon. The palate is structured, energetic and sculpted. An initial dense, ripe and silky sensation is amplified by the discovery of a chalky, cherry freshness, a powdered, almost mentholated brightness. The feeling is delicate and ethereal, a succession of delicious and colourful textures perfectly integrated within the lightness and finesse of the wine... an invitation on a journey of discovery. The bright personality of Cristal then appears, simultaneously pure and sharp, in a finish focused once again on chalk, energy and grain.
Serving suggestions: shellfish, caviar, lobster, oysters.