In 1974, nearly 200 years after the creation of the Maison Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create Cristal Rosé. He selected old vine Pinot Noir grapes with specific characteristics, located on the finest of the Aÿ vineyards. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with clay and limestone soil and, in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today these vines are organically grown. A blend of around 55% Pinot noir and 45% Chardonnay, comprising 20% of wine matured in oak tuns, Cristal Rosé is produced using the saignée (bleeding) process after cold maceration. The Cristal Rosé cuvée is aged, on average, for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars.
A pastel pink colour with bright, slightly orange hints. Fine, light bubbles in a long-lasting flow. The bouquet is delicate and subtle with elegant fruitiness (strawberry, fig), zesty hints (lemon and orange) and juicier nuances such as vine peach. In the mouth, the bite is bright, spring-like and energetic: full-bodied and silky, but based on very mineral freshness. This mineral quality is typical for Cristal Rosé, expressing the chalkiness and saltiness of the Aÿ terroir. The second tasting has airy notes and great aromatic purity, displaying the discrete power of this great cuvée. On airing, a few traces of pastries and lightly roasted dried fruits hint at its enormous capacity for change. Cristal Rosé 2004 is a fine example of the quest for perfect elegance underlying the creation of this cuvée.