2013 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Rose (Champagne, FR)

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Varietal: 55% Pinot Noir   45% Chardonnay

Region: Champagne, France

98+ points, Vinous

"The Cristal Rosé is magnificent. When Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon started to move Roederer towards organically farmed fruit, he started with Cristal Rosé, Roederer’s smallest production cuveé. Because of that, Cristal Rosé is the wine in this range that shows the current Roederer style in its fullest expression. Rich, vivid and crystalline in the glass, the Cristal Rosé is a Champagne of tremendous gravitas. Chalk, white flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint and blood orange are all beautifully delineated. The blend is 55% Pinot from Ay and 45% Chardonnay from Mesnil and Avize. The Pinot fruit gets a 7-10 day cold soak an is the infused into the fermenting Chardonnay musts. Readers who can find this bottle should not hesitate, as it is truly magical. Dosage is 8 grams per liter." - Antonio Galloni