In 1974, nearly 200 years after the creation of the Maison Louis Roederer and 100 years after the creation of Cristal, Jean-Claude Rouzaud decided to create Cristal Rosé. To do this end, he selected old vine Pinot Noir grapes, according to specific characteristics, located on the finest of the Aÿ vineyards. Exceptionally, these vines lie on a limestone block with clay and limestone soil and, in the best years, the vines achieve extraordinarily mature fruit with a crystalline purity of acidity corresponding perfectly to the Cristal style. Today these vines are organically grown.
A pastel pink colour with bright, slightly orange glints.Fine, light bubbles in a long-lasting flow.The bouquet is delicate and subtle, with elegant fruitiness (red fruits: strawberry, fig), zesty hints (citrus fruit: lemon and orange) and juicier nuances such as vine peach. There is a deep, slightly sweet burst of aromas.In the mouth, the bite is young, springlike and energetic: full-bodied and silky, but based on very mineral freshness. This mineral quality is typical for Cristal Rosé, expressing the chalkiness and saltiness of the Aÿ terroir. The second mouth has airy notes and great aromatic purity, displaying the discrete power of this great cuvée. On airing, a few traces of Danish pastry and lightly roasted dried fruits hint at its enormous capacity for change.
For color, the winemakwer prepares a small portion of Pinot Noir with extended maceration and adds about5% to the blend before secondary fermentation, imparting a subtle salmon tinge. Both the 60/40 blend andaddition of the small amount of red wine creates a charming wine of discreet finesse.
COMPOSITION: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Serve with mild cheeses, oysters, shrimp, crabs and other shellfish, and with light, fruity desserts.