1996 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
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.
Even better, the 1996 Cristal Rosé blossoms on the palate with magnificent depth and pure volume. The sense of phenolics ripeness and vinous intensity are very much evident. Today, the 1996 Cristal Rosé is utterly captivating for its sensual, enveloping personality and total sense of class.
Intriguing earthy note marks this penetrating rosé. It touches on berry, citrus and pastry notes, shows fine density and a creamy texture. Beautifully integrated, with a long, nutty aftertaste.