Varietal: Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Region: Champagne, France
96 points James Suckling
97 points Wine Enthusiast
98 points John Gilman
Widely recognized as one of the best Champagnes in the market, Roederer's "Cristal" is legendary for its pristine fruit profile, minute bubbles, and exceptionally long finish. The 2005 Cristal offers up a deep, extremely primary and very promising bouquet of apple, pear, a gorgeously complex base of chalky soil tones, incipient nuttiness, citrus peel, smoke, a touch of lavender and a topnote of peach blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and absolutely rock solid at the core, with great focus and finesse, very refined mousse, a crisp girdle of acidity and great length and laser-like focus on the poised, primary and utterly refined finish.