Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 is a much anticipated release and following some great vintage years and reminiscent of the hero that was 1996!
Said to be the essential vision of what Louis Roederer wish to represent as the "The Essential Cristal Representation", Defining it as Elegance, Elegance & Elegance is the purest way to describe the 2008 Vintage.
Blended of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, and with a low dosage (by Cristal Standards) of just 8 g/l. Wine making techniques in line with the former (& Great) Cristal examples using 20% vinification in Oak casks and 16% Malo-Lactic conversion.
“There was very little oak fermentation in ’96, but we used more in 2008 to give some sweetness, and there was no malo in ’96 and we allowed 16% of the wines to go through the malo in 2008.” As Quoted by Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon in Drinks Business Magazine