From award-winning Wine Enthusiast's Winemaker of the Year Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon comes the iconic Cristal. Intense and refined it has notes of apricot, hazelnut and Danish pastries. It's is a champagne for the ultimate celebration.
Louis Roederer inherited the estate in 1833. He established the wine's unique style, character, and taste. In the mid-nineteenth century, Louis Roederer bought some of Champagne's grand cru vineyards, an approach that contrasted sharply with contemporary practices. His heir, Louis Roederer II was equally particular and conscientious about his approach to the production of champagne, as instilled by his adoptive father.
In the 1870s, Louis Roederer began to export its wines to the USA, and even to Tsar Alexander II of Russia. In 1876, the most prestigious of all Louis Roederer's champagnes was created and named Cristal.Over the next 135 years Louis Roederer stayed an independent family run champagne house. Today the house is run by Jean-Claude Rouzaud the grandson of Camille Roederer.
A champagne made in order of Czar Alexander II. Louis Roederer Cristal is made according to the strictest criteria. Louis Roederer Cristal is made by the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes of the 10 most popular crus of the House. This strict selection results in a top-quality champagne.
Today Cristal is still a study in terroir, elegance, purity and power. It is made from 45 plots in 7 grands crus in the Champagne region and a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Its signature gold cellophane is there to protect the champagne from UV light penetration due to the clear glass and should be kept on the bottle until it is served. Cristal is one of the most age-worthy champagnes in the world, and the most recent release, the 2008 vintage received an unprecedented 100 point score from 3 different critics. It is a champagne made for true lovers of fine wine to reflect these incredible, unique chalk soils and which most definitely rewards patience.
On Monday, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter sold a 50% stake in his Armand de Brignac champagne brand to luxury goods conglomerate LVMH for an undisclosed amount. But Carter didn't initially set out to create his own high end champagne business, or even his entertainment company, Roc Nation.
Carter had helped widely popularize the French brand of champagne Cristal in the late '90s and early 2000s by using it in his music videos and name-dropping it in his songs. But in 2006, Frederic Rouzaud, then managing director (now CEO) of the Champagne Louis Roederer winery, which is the maker of Cristal, made comments that Carter considered racist.
In 2014, Carter bought the remaining stake of Armand de Brignac for an undisclosed amount, making him the first rapper to own outright a champagne label. The brand sold more than 500,000 bottles in 2019, according to CNBC reported.
The problem is that really good Champagne is just so damn expensive. Too expensive, really. In a world where most people consider it a serious splurge to pay $50 for a nice bottle of wine at a local wine store, paying $60 to $100 for a seriously nice bottle of Champagne is not easy to stomach. Nevermind paying $300 or more for a bottle.
Few people can afford to pay $300 for a bottle of champagne at a store, let alone two to three times that price in a restaurant. But if you can, you can also afford to wait, and drink these wines when they are actually ready to tell you their full story.
The concoction is covered with icing made with Cristal champagne, filled with an ube mousse and champagne jelly, and then covered with 24k Gold. The cost? $100 per doughnut, putting it in the running for official dessert of the 1%. The golden delights are cheaper by the dozen, though, going for $1,000, including delivery to anywhere in the tri-state area.
Cristal was first created for Alexander II of Russia, and is viewed by many as the first prestige cuvée. As the political situation in Russia at the time of his rule was unstable, the Tsar feared assassination. Thus when he visited Paris in 1867 for the Exposition Universelle, the Tsar ordered that champagne bottles for the lavish dinner he hosted for the German Kaiser Wilhelm I and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (later termed the Three Emperors Dinner) be made clear, so that he could see the bubbles and also to prevent an explosive being hidden beneath them, as could happen with a typical dark green indented bottle. Louis Roederer commissioned a Flemish glassmaker to create a clear lead glass Champagne bottle with a flat bottom. The Champagne has since become known as "Cristal".
The reserve wine is then tasted and graded by a team of Roederer specialists. They choose as many as 40 different wines from several lots for the blend. For the final touch, the wine is then added in order to enhance the cuvee and guarantee consistency while retaining the champagne's characteristics.
Prices for Louis Roederer Cristal, a favorite drink of celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Madonna, have risen by more than 75% in the past year. Other champagne houses, such as Dom Perignon, Taittinger, and Krug, have had double-digit annual returns in the past.
This champagne, which is made by Louis Roederer, has a high price tag and an opulent taste. Most average-sized Cristal bottles will cost anywhere between $150 and $300 on average. Vintage bottles can sell for a high price, just as any other wine brand does. A bottle of Cristal is thought to have a lively and mouthwatering flavor and a dry and bubbly finish. A variety of champagne and wines, including cristal, are labeled with unique and vintage labels. Make sure the bottle is not left out of the humid air to prevent it from becoming damaged. The celebrity image associated with cristal wine causes it to be more expensive.
At Champagne King we offer a range of Louis Roederer Cahmapgne including Brut, Rose and Demi-Sec. We also stock Louis Roederer ice buckets the perfect option for chilling your champagne, or choose as an additional extra for that extra special gift. 59ce067264