The origin of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne dates back to the historic Three Emperors dinner held in Paris on June 7th, 1867. Attended by Wilhelm, King of Prussia, and Russian Tsar Alexander, the 16-course meal served over 8 hours was prepared by a famous French chef who was instructed to make the most extravagant meal ever. The wine served that fateful evening was from the exalted 1847 vintage, produced by Roederer himself, and poured from a clear bottle with a flat punt to showcase the deep golden hue of the aged wine. So pleased was the King with his bottling that in 1876, Cristal became the official palace wine. In the time since, Cristal has become a Veblen good alongside Bugatti Sports Cars and Louis Vuitton Handbags. Although Jay-Z went on to promote Armand de Brignac, Cristal was the original symbol of liquid luxury.
"This is so fresh, tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon, and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful, and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot noir is a strong core and the chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra-precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025." - James Suckling | 100 Points
With a customized wine accessory or personal gift message, the 2008 Roederer Cristal is as much a statement as an unforgettable gift.