Created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II, Cristal was the world’s first Cuvée de Prestige. Crafted from Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, and the result of a unique savoir-faire and devotion, this rare champagne is the jewel in the Louis Roederer crown.
Symbolic of the perpetual quest for excellence that define Roederer today led by Frédéric Rouzaud, Cristal is also radically different to any other champagne on the market.
Time has worked its magic. Cristal is a giant with a patient heart. It is still brimming with youth, even after many long years spent resting in the cellars. The chalk has concentrated its texture and given it its unique energy and surprising depth. Its pure tension, opulence and remarkable persistence take it above and beyond any limits. It asserts its presence, flowing as sweetly as a mountain stream, yet structured by the strength and concentration of the vintage.
From the chalky depths, Cristal has forged its identity in these limestone soils which reflect the rays of the summer sun and capture the soft light of winter. Cristal has a restrained strength and a pervasive purity, like a lithe ballerina’s impossibly graceful leap through the air. A reverberation of bright fruit, an initial pulse which penetrates to the core and beckons contemplation. The limestone gives the wine its beautifully firm body, chalky concentration, as well as an ethereal lightness and delicate tension.