Cristal, Louis Roederer 2002
The 2002 Cristal is just now beginning to enter a plateau of early maturity. The ripeness and exuberance is on full display, but the 2002 needs quite a bit of air to fully open up and show its personality. Today, the 2002 is racy and intense to the core, with fabulous balance and plenty of the vintage's trademark opulence. What a gorgeous Champagne this is.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2014|
The 2002 Cristal is a gorgeous, sculpted wine of extraordinary elegance. Graceful, well-delineated aromatics lead to ripe pears, spices, flowers, minerals and mint in this precise Champagne. Today the 2002 appears to have slightly more fruit than the 1996, and perhaps slightly better overall balance, although that is splitting hairs at this level. The wine remains fresh and in need of several years of cellaring before it hits its stride. In 2002 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. 20% of the wine was aged in oak, and dosage was 10 grams. This bottle was disgorged in December 2007. Anticipated maturity 2010 - 2032
|Score: 96+||Antonio Galloni, RobertParker.com, March 2009|
As for the wines, from a great vintage in Champagne, the 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal is spectacular. It is a young champagne with lots of brioche, honeysuckle, and nectarine notes presented in a full-bodied, rich style. Purists would probably say it is too young to drink, and it has at least 15-20 years of life remaining.
|Score: 97||Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, April 2010|
A suave customer, with hints of citrus, berry and coffee. Harmoniousand refined, with freshness and a bright structure. The finishshows a lot of potential, with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Betterthan previously reviewed. Drink now through 2030.
|Score: 92||Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Insider), December 2008|
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