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Louis Roederer : Cristal Vinothèque Rosé 1996

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Parker : 98 / 100
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Wafting from the glass with aromas of mandarin oil, warm bread and raspberries, mingled with notes of clear honey, blanched almonds and pastry cream, the 1996 Cristal Rosé Vinothèque is showing superbly. It's full-bodied, tensile and searingly chalky, but this concentrated and intense wine's racy spine of acidity is beautifully integrated. This was the first blend Lécaillon presided over as a Roederer employee--three years before he was appointed chef des caves in 1999--and it was clearly a harbinger of great things to come. Amazingly, the finished pH is fully 2.82, yet the wine is perfectly balanced.
Champagne
Alcohol
12

Grape varieties
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Dessert wine
No

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Area
Champagne

Appellation
Champagne

Color
Rosé

Producer
Louis Roederer

Sweetness
Brut

Parker
98

Allergens
Contains sulphites