Louis Roederer   Cristal Rose

1996 Cristal Rose

By Louis Roederer

1996 Cristal Rosé from Louis Roederer

The 1996 Cristal Rosé sets a remarkable record as one of the emblematic releases in the world of luxury sparkling wine. Beneath the effervescence lies a profound depth of character, testament to the enduring nature of Champagne's great year, 1996. This specific year bore the fruits of Louis Roederer's aptitude and obsessive commitment in the vineyards of Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs.


Distinctiveness of the enticing 1996 vintage

As a result of a highly favourable climatic condition, the 1996 Cristal Rosé reached an unprecedented combination of sweetness and tartness. The scintillating maturity brought out by warm weather and cold nights added opulent creaminess yet refreshing acidity to this extraordinary cuvee. Quite eloquently, it exhibited a grand joie de vivre, marking it as an exquisite exemplification of Louis Roederer's artistry.


Performance that captivates

From its aromatic nose with lustrous fragrances of wild strawberries, dried roses and chalky minerals to its deeply expressive palate flaunting concentrated red fruit flavours tinged with subtle nutty undertones, each sip is evocative and seamless. The scrumptious flavours bloom and endure with supreme balance. All these contribute to making the 1996 Cristal Rosé an exemplary investment choice for fine wine enthusiasts.


Investing in a timeless classic

The inherent quality, provenance, rarity, and prestige coupled with its ageing potential make this vintage a valuable component for any serious wine investment portfolio. The global demand for mature champagnes as symbolised by 1996 Cristal Rosé drives its consistent and promising market performance. Every sip is not just an experience, but a redefinition of what exceptional champagne can embody.

To conclude, the 1996 Cristal Rosé from Louis Roederer integrates all facets of ideal champagne - structure, depth, finesse, and captivating complexity. This ever-evolving enigma gracefully weaves an intriguing narrative into every tasting experience. In essence, it doesn't merely represent Louis Roederer's craftsmanship; it crafts moments into elegantly curated memories.

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The 1996 Cristal Rose is an intensely-flavored Champagne with an unusually light pale salmon color. Its effervescence is restrained (almost non-existent), but the flavors are intense in this dry, austere, provocative offering. An outrageously great, singularly-styled rose Champagne, it is best served with intensely-flavored food. It is a tour de force in Champagne to enjoy over the next 7-10 years. Louis Roederer does not display a disgorgement date or consumer friendly lot number on its non-vintage Brut. This is regrettable as it has consistently been one of the finer bottlings in this category. Importer: Maison Marques & Domaines USA Inc., Oakland, CA; tel. (510) 286-2000.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 25 December 2005

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