Some people think the 2012 Champagne vintage is the best of their lifetime. Charles Philipponnat has mentioned this. We know for grower Champagnes 2012 is a beauty, and at some addresses, we prefer the 2012s over the 2008s. Any way you slice it 2012 is the best vintage since 2008, and only time will tell if its better. If you love Roederer Cristal as much as we do, this offer should make a lot of sense. The Champagne already has excellent reviews from Antonio Galloni and Jancis Robinson, below, and we expect more great press to follow.
Antonio Galloni 98 pts! “The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.”
Jancis Robinson 19 pts! To be launched December 2019 or January 2020. Not affected by the oidium problems experienced elsewhere. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay (the same as 2008). ‘You have to adapt and stay on the blank page. If you try to tick too many boxes, you go in the wrong direction.’ It will be the average age for Cristal launch. It was 2008 that was late. This will be the first 100% biodynamic Cristal.Rich and ripe, like 2002. Pungent nose – straight up the nose. Gorgeous and seductive. Complex and embroidered. Already lovely. The next chapter – all viticulture. (Drink between 2019-2036)