1996 Cristal Vinothèque by the magnum – thechampagnesommelier (2023)

During this weekends Nordic Magnum Dinner in Stockholm I brought an old time favorite: 1996 LOUIS ROEDERER ‘CRISTAL VINOTHÈQUE’magnum | Reims |Champagne|France | Louis Roederer |60PN 40CH| RJpoints 97(98)

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TASTING NOTEIt is, of course, insane to drink this wine this early. I quake at the thought of how much Cristal is going to be stolen from the cradle at nightclubs and fashionable restaurants in the rich parts of the world. I was almost ashamed when I—for professional reasons, of course—popped the cork. The entire register is certainly here already, but everything is so incredibly shy and subordinate to the high acidity. Buy all you can find and leave it forgotten for the time being in some dark corner of the basement. Having said that, certain bottles are already deliciously honeyed. Very mature now in some normally stored bottles.’

RJ ON LOUIS ROEDERERRoederer did not get its present name until 1833, but was in existence as far back as 1760 under the name of Dubois Père & Fils. Louis Roederer was a hardworking man who succeeded in selling his Champagne in several important export markets. Roederer’s real ace was, as with Clicquot, the Russian market. Tsar Alexander II wanted a more impressive label to show his guests, and in 1876 he made a special order for the first transparent Cristal bottles, which at that time actually were made of genuine crystal. The wine was stunningly sweet and gave Roederer had some problems with disposal after the Russian revolution, when the firm was stuck with unpaid invoices and stores full of sweet Champagne that no one else wanted. The company recovered in the 1930s, when Camille Olry-Roederer took the helm. She invested the money earned from sales in some exceptional vineyards: in Aÿ, Hautvillers, Cumières, Louvois, Verzy, Verzenay, Vertus, Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, and Le Mesnil. Roederer also owns several well-respected vineyards in other locations: Roederer Estate, Ramos Pinto, Haut-Beauséjour and Château de Pez. Today the firm is the most financially successful in the region, thanks largely to these vineyards, which supply Roederer with some 70 percent of its grapes. The house is now run by Frédéric Rouzaud who works according to the same principles as those applied in past decades. Winemaker is the increadible Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. All the wines ferment separately, cru by cru, in small steel vats or small barrells, while the reserve wines are stored in large oak barrels. This is said to give the company its special “vanilla touch.” I’m not alone in wondering if certain wines for the prestige variety Cristal aren’t stored in these barrels, as it is precisely in Cristal that one can sometimes discover a nutty, oily, and vanilla-tasting barrel-like character. Another explanation for this toffee-like note of maturity could be that they use a large portion of the best, older, oak-barrel-stored reserve wines in the dosage. Apart from this, up to 20 percent of the oak-aged reserve wine is used in the nonvintage Champagne Brut Premier. Roederer has no set recipe regarding malolactic fermentation the personal qualities of the wine differ from case to case. Roederer is without doubt a brilliant Champagne house with an exceptional portfolio of wines. The nonvintage Champagne is brilliant. The rosé and Blanc de Blancs offer an aristocratic elegance typical of the house, and the vintage wine is always among the best.

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RJ ON CRISTALCristal, just the name makes most of us burst into an enjoyable smile. Either we feel a historic reverence before the Russian tsar witch we have gratitude for the magical wine or that we associate the proudest of all champagne bottles and everything in its glittering wake. Think about all the classic film scenes which have been glorified by the clear bottle with its golden wrapping. Cristal is now the foremost choice in Hollywood when illustrating a luxurious situation, even thou Hip-Hop stars recently got pissed off that they did not get recognition from Louis Roederer despite their Cristal worship. However the symbol has already become so strong that it is impossible for the stars to get their fans to change to another brand.

That a music movement has appreciation for this world famous wine is well in order. What’s worst is when I was in Saint Tropez and saw young jetsetters squirting Cristal from magnum bottles in known racing drivers fashion just to show of their economic muscles, and unwittingly exposing their minimal brain capacity.

(Video) Interesting fun facts about Cristal champagne

The history behind the mythical wine derives from the time when Russia was the largest export market for many of the famous champagne houses in Reims. Foremost reputation among the most powerful Russians had Louis Roederer. But the Russian tsar Alexander II was not satisfied with serving the same champagne as his subjects, so he called Louis Roederer to a meeting where it was decided that he would get his very own remarkable and fantastic bottle to show his guests. In 1876 he placed a special purchase order for the first transparent Cristal bottles with a flat bottom, which at that time were made of genuine crystal.

The wine was incomparably sweet and caused Roederer certain sales problems after the Russian revolution as they had unpaid invoices and a stock of sweet champagne that no one wanted. Rumors flourish frequently that there may still be bottles left from the days of the tsar in Russia, or on the bottom of the sea in sunken ships. How ever nothing suggests that any such bottles exist. After World War II Roederers management felt that it was time to renew the Russian connection when they wanted to find an equivalent to Moet & Chandons successful prestige champagne Dom Pérignon. It was an easy decision to reintroduce the tsar’s old bottle in a modern shape filled with a bubbly dry wine.

(Video) Review of 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal

The wine is made since 1970 solely in stainless steel tanks with grapes from their own vineyards in Aÿ, Verenay,Verzy and and Cumiéres, mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Avize and Le Mesnil. It´s style is ultra sophisticated with a wild silky softness in combination with a nutty fireworks backed by exotic fruitiness in a caramel filled body. When Cristal is at it´s best I discover tones of everything that makes life worth living. In short one of the most perfect classic champagnes the world has to offer. Cristal Rosé is an even more expensive and uncommon product which has been cast in a similar form, but in it´s lovely figures it moves slightly more to strawberries with cream. It gets it´s color from contact with peelings from Pinot grapes which have grown on old grape vines in Aÿ. Composition of grapes is most often 70% Pinot Noire and 30 % Chardonnay. To me this rosé wine is without a doubt the worlds foremost rosé all categories.

How is the quality today seen from a historical perspective? In august 2007 I updated my already voluminous testing register of this fantastic wine at an extremely extensive Cristal testing at the great and now starred Solleröd Kro north of Copenhagen. A private Danish real enthusiast that performed the same type of testing last year of Dom Pérignon had collected the wines during thirteen years. The whole event was superbly conducted. The Scandinavian testing group enjoyed a wonderful day with colossal quantities of first class food and Cristal in equal amounts.

(Video) Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé in original wooden case

Winner this time was found among the middle aged wines. Most impressive where vintage 1979 and 1982, taken into account that older vintages cost a fortune purchase should be made among the younger vintages. It should how ever be mentioned that vintages 40-, 50-, and 60- when in perfect condition, are worth every penny. Below you can see what I consider be the quality of almost all vintages that has been produced during the beginning years of 2000. The left column reflects today’s status and the right its potential top ranking.

What then is the greatest Cristal ever made? If you want to learn it so I would suggest a dinner preceded by the 1988 Cristal Rosé and Cristal Rosé 1979 followed by a generous serving of duckliver with the 1949 and 1955. I hardly think that the old tsar would turn in his grave.

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FAQs

What tastes better Dom Pérignon or Cristal? ›

So which is the best champagne out of the two? Based on the Luxury Institute's Luxury Brand Status Index survey of Champagnes and Sparkling Wines, Dom Perignon was the clear winner. The HNWI cited Dom Perignon as “synonymous with the best in champagne”, for its consistent high quality, superb taste and social status.

What is so special about Cristal? ›

It's always vintage.

Cristal is cellar-aged for six years, and then held for another eight months after its dégorgement (the process of removing sediment from the Champagne). The vines used to grow Cristal's grapes are also old — they must be a minimum of 25 years of age, but some are as old as 60.

Is Cristal champagne actually good? ›

It's so highly sought after, in part due to its 100-point rating from Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2002, that almost a decade on, it has a well-deserved reputation. It's known as one of the most sought-after and finest Champagnes that the world has to offer.

Does Cristal champagne increase in value? ›

Louis Roederer Cristal – a favourite tipple of celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Madonna – has seen prices rise by more than 75 per cent over 12 months. Other champagne houses that have seen high double-digit annual returns including Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Taittinger and Krug.

How long can you keep Cristal champagne? ›

It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.

What is the number 1 champagne in the world? ›

Moët & Chandon

How much does a glass of Cristal cost? ›

Cristal Champagne Prices
TypeItemPrice
CristalCristal Rose Champagne$499+
Cristal Vinothèque$1,168+
Cristal Rosé Vinothèque$2,096+
VintageCristal Vintage$70+
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How much does a bottle of Cristal cost? ›

Cristal is the iconic $300 Champagne knocked back by hip-hop moguls and Hollywood royalty (often straight from the bottle in Cadillac Escalades and hot tubs). The full name is Louis Roederer Cristal, and it does happen to be a gem.

How long does Champagne last unopened? ›

If you're planning on saving a nice bottle of bubbly for a special occasion, your best bet is to leave it as it is and make sure that you store it in the right way. Unopened champagne will last: Three to four years if it is non-vintage; Five to ten years if it is a vintage.

What is the most expensive bottle of Champagne? ›

But how does $2.5 million sound? The Drinks Business reports that a magnum of Champagne Avenue Foch 2017 was recently sold for $2.5 million at auction, making it the most expensive champagne ever.

How do you store Cristal? ›

Champagne in clear bottles, such as Roederer's Cristal, comes wrapped in anti-UV cellophane which should be not be removed. If your storage area is not dark most of the time, store your champagne in a box or cover and wrap the bottle with a cloth. Humidity is also quite important.

What do you eat with Cristal champagne? ›

For something really special: Louis Roederer Cristal

If you're popping the question before dinner then this pure, intense and complex Champagne is perfect for rich meats, such as chicken, monk fish or veal, and loves a butter or cream-based sauce.

Why is Cristal champagne in a clear bottle? ›

The Champagne's original promoter, Tsar Alexander, rightly feared assassination attempts. To better enjoy his Champagne and quell his fears the Tsar asked specifically for a clear bottle so he could detect any poison.

Is Cristal expensive? ›

As its name suggests, Cristal champagne is one of the most expensive wines in the world.

How do you pronounce Cristal champagne? ›

Classy Pronunciation | Famous Champagne Brands - YouTube

Did Cristal sales drop? ›

Cristal sales plunged 20 per cent in late 2008 and the first half of 2009, and Champagne over all was down 15 per cent in 2009 over the previous year, Mr. Heidsieck said, as wealthy consumers tightened their Gucci belts and formerly free-spending scenesters stayed home in droves.

Where is Cristal made? ›

Cristal Champagne is a traditional sparkling wine made using the méthode champenoise in France's Champagne wine region.

Can you drink 20 year old champagne? ›

Simple answer is yes! The more complex answer is that it might not taste all that great but I've had some aged sparkling wines that were 10+ years old and were quite nice. But having lost it's carbonation does not make it bad, it will taste just like you described, cheap old wine.

How do you know when champagne goes bad? ›

If you're champagne changes color and turned deep yellow or gold, chances are it's already bad. Improperly stored champagne can get contaminated and clumps may start to form in the liquid, which makes it spoiled. Spoiled champagne will taste and smell sour.

Why did Jay Z boycott Cristal champagne? ›

He boycotted the brand after perceived racist remarks

The comments that Jay-Z speaks of were remarks that Frederic Rouzaud, then managing director (and current CEO) of the Champagne Louis Roederer winery (which produces Cristal) made in 2006, which the “Empire State of Mind” rapper found to be racist.

What is a good Champagne for a gift? ›

Best Champagne For Birthday Gift
  • Krug Grand Cuvee. 4.8 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Chandon California Brut Sparkling Wine. 4.7 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Roederer Brut Premier NV. 4.5 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne. 4.6 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut. 4.6 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Andre Brut. ...
  • Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee Champagne. ...
  • J.

Can Muslims drink Champagne? ›

The Qur'an forbids the use of wine and alcohol, therefore the educated ones bypass this difficulty by drinking champagne, which they call 'gazouz' and pretend to confuse with lemonade.”

What temperature should Cristal be served? ›

Experience has shown that the ideal temperature to serve Champagne is 8-10°C (47-50°F). Any colder and the Champagne will numb the taste buds. Under no circumstances chill a bottle of Champagne in the freezer; and never serve it in pre-chilled glasses (or you will lose some of the sparkle).

Is Cristal sweet? ›

Cristal was originally sweet, unlike the current dry (Brut) style. Cristal was commissioned by Russian Tsar Alexander II who wanted it in clear glass crystal so that it would not stand out, hence the name Cristal.

What kind of alcohol is Cristal? ›

Cristal is the flagship cuvée of Champagne Louis Roederer, created in 1876 for Alexander II, tsar of Russia.

What did Cristal say about rappers? ›

Hova's decision to boycott hip-hop's favorite beverage is a reaction to comments made by Frederic Rouzaud, the managing director of Louis Roderer Cristal, who told The Economist that he approached rappers' constant name-checking of the brand “with curiosity and serenity” and went on to say, “What can we do?” when asked ...

What is Cristal drink in Mexico? ›

Ciel Mineralizada is a carbonated, mineralized water brand that entered the mexican market in 201. It is a low-sodium option that can contribute to hydration and can also be enjoyed as base for other beverages such as orangeades and lemonades.

How much does a bottle of Crystal champagne cost? ›

For the most recent vintage, a 750 mL bottle of Cristal usually costs between $150 and $200. Since Cristal has become less available in recent years, earlier vintages may be more expensive.

Should champagne be stored upright? ›

One thing that doesn't really matter is the angle of the bottle. Unlike still wine, Champagne can be stored on its side or upright since the pressure inside the bottle will keep the cork moist and the seal intact in either case.

Should you put champagne in the fridge? ›

Avoid storing champagne in the refrigerator, both short-term and long-term, (unless you are chilling it to serve) because the light from the refrigerator, combined with the refrigerator motor and temperature fluctuations from constantly opening and closing the door, will ruin the champagne.

Is it OK to store champagne in the fridge? ›

“If you're planning to enjoy your bottle of Champagne (or sparkling wine) within 3 to 4 days of the purchase, it is fine to store the bottle in the refrigerator,' Marie-Christine told Huffington Post. “But only keep it in the fridge for a few days, or else the bubbly will begin to change.”

Will freezing champagne ruin it? ›

If your bottle is intact, you can defrost the wine and it won't be harmful to drink. Still wines will probably taste the same, but frozen-then-defrosted Champagne will likely have a marked reduction in carbonation.

Why is Dom Perignon so expensive? ›

Limited Production

The Champagne is rare - only 43 vintages have been released in the past 100 years. The Champagne house produces each vintage wine in limited quantities - about 200,000 cases. The Cellar Master ensures no more than six vintages are released each decade.

What is the most expensive thing in the world? ›

The most costly thing in the world is actually a substance called antimatter. The price of one gram is a staggering $62.5 trillion. Its scarcity and difficulty in production account for its exorbitant price. Antimatter is currently too expensive for practical use, but its potential is limitless.

Do you put Champagne in the fridge or freezer? ›

The ideal temperature

A bottle of Champagne should be chilled (but never in the freezer) before opening. The ideal serving temperature is between 6°C and 9°C, giving a drinking temperature of 8°C-13°C once the wine has warmed up in the glass.

How long can you keep Champagne at room temperature? ›

Also, keep the temperature in the room between 55 to 59 °F to preserve the champagne's taste and texture. In these conditions, you can store your champagne for up to 10 years! For more tips, including how to store opened champagne bottles, read on!

How do you open Cristal Champagne? ›

  1. Step 1: Wipe Down The Champagne Bottle. ...
  2. Step 2: Loosen The Wire Cage And Cut The Foil. ...
  3. Step 3: Hold The Bottle Properly. ...
  4. Step 4: Secure Your Non-Dominant Hand Over The Cork. ...
  5. Step 5: Twist The Bottle And Not The Cork. ...
  6. Step 6: Open The Bottle. ...
  7. Step 7: Wipe The Lip Of The Bottle And Serve!

How do you store Cristal? ›

Champagne in clear bottles, such as Roederer's Cristal, comes wrapped in anti-UV cellophane which should be not be removed. If your storage area is not dark most of the time, store your champagne in a box or cover and wrap the bottle with a cloth. Humidity is also quite important.

What is the most expensive bottle of champagne? ›

But how does $2.5 million sound? The Drinks Business reports that a magnum of Champagne Avenue Foch 2017 was recently sold for $2.5 million at auction, making it the most expensive champagne ever.

How much is a glass of Cristal champagne? ›

Cristal Champagne Prices
TypeItemPrice
CristalCristal Rosé Vinothèque$2,096+
VintageCristal Vintage$70+
Cristal Rosé Vintage$58+
Cristal Blanc de Blancs Vintage$85+
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Is Cristal sweet? ›

Cristal was originally sweet, unlike the current dry (Brut) style. Cristal was commissioned by Russian Tsar Alexander II who wanted it in clear glass crystal so that it would not stand out, hence the name Cristal.

Can you drink 30 year old Champagne? ›

Most champagnes though are Non-Vintage, which means they are a blend of several different years, and should be consumed within around 3-5 years of release.

How do you know when Champagne goes bad? ›

If you're champagne changes color and turned deep yellow or gold, chances are it's already bad. Improperly stored champagne can get contaminated and clumps may start to form in the liquid, which makes it spoiled. Spoiled champagne will taste and smell sour.

Does Champagne improve with age? ›

Just like still wine, some Champagnes will improve with bottle age. Non-vintage Champagnes are normally a blend of grapes grown in different years. These Champagnes are 'ready-to-drink' at the get-go and will sustain bottle ageing but are less likely to evolve in a way that sees them increase in complexity.

Will freezing Champagne ruin it? ›

If your bottle is intact, you can defrost the wine and it won't be harmful to drink. Still wines will probably taste the same, but frozen-then-defrosted Champagne will likely have a marked reduction in carbonation.

How much does a bottle of Cristal cost? ›

Cristal is the iconic $300 Champagne knocked back by hip-hop moguls and Hollywood royalty (often straight from the bottle in Cadillac Escalades and hot tubs). The full name is Louis Roederer Cristal, and it does happen to be a gem.

What temperature should Cristal be served? ›

Experience has shown that the ideal temperature to serve Champagne is 8-10°C (47-50°F). Any colder and the Champagne will numb the taste buds. Under no circumstances chill a bottle of Champagne in the freezer; and never serve it in pre-chilled glasses (or you will lose some of the sparkle).

What did Cristal say about rappers? ›

Hova's decision to boycott hip-hop's favorite beverage is a reaction to comments made by Frederic Rouzaud, the managing director of Louis Roderer Cristal, who told The Economist that he approached rappers' constant name-checking of the brand “with curiosity and serenity” and went on to say, “What can we do?” when asked ...

What is the most expensive champagne brand? ›

Here is the top 10 list of most valuable wine and Champagne brands in the world in full:
  • Moët et Chandon – $1.225 billion.
  • Changyu – $1.174 billion.
  • Veuve Clicquot – $855 million.
  • Chandon – $827 million.
  • Dom Pérignon – $820 million.
  • Barefoot – $509 million.
  • Lindeman's – $367 million.
  • Beringer – $300 million.
8 Jun 2021

What is the most expensive bottle of Cristal? ›

Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah at 18,800 dollars gained entry into the most expensive champagne bottles of the world. It was produced to celebrate the millennium. It has a unique blend and distinct taste, which makes it a favorite amongst both the collectors and wine lovers.

What does the name Cristal mean? ›

Meaning:Crystal; Ice. Cristal is a feminine name of Greek origin. It is a variation of the ancient word krystallos, meaning ice, and is often used to describe transparent gemstones. Cristal is a name that is both precious and strong at once.

What do you eat with Cristal champagne? ›

For something really special: Louis Roederer Cristal

If you're popping the question before dinner then this pure, intense and complex Champagne is perfect for rich meats, such as chicken, monk fish or veal, and loves a butter or cream-based sauce.

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