1995 louis roederer, cristal vinotheque rose
Why We're Buying
Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque Edition Brut Millésimé Rosé is as coveted and expensive a rosé as there is. A single bottle retails for more than $2,000, second only to Dom Perignon. The blend features 70% pinot and 30% chardonnay. The cuvée ages for four years and then six more months after dégorgement.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Disgorged in 2010 and re-launched in September 2017, Roederer's low dosed 1995 Cristal Vinotheque (dosage: six to seven grams per liter) is very intense on the nose and shows lovely maturity. Due to the vintage, which saw some rain in the summer, the Chardonnay part is a bit higher than usual (43% instead of 40%), with just 57% Pinot Noir (from Ay). Five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 15% underwent malolactic fermentation (only the Pinot Noir though). The palate is rich and vinous but also pure, straight and fresh, finishing with a tight structure, persistent minerality and a yeasty character. Tasted in Reims in May 2018
Firm and tightly wound, this seems more like a '96 than a '95, without the superripe fruit. Spice, citrus and berry aromas and flavors permeate the refined texture. Crisp finish. Austere, but has length.