Louis Roederer CHAMPAGNE BRUT CRISTAL MEDALLION JEROBOAM 2002
Precise, silky, and harmonious with a rich, powerful body that has a very pure balance and incredible ageing potential. It is a taut and delicate wine. It displays a pure, precise combination of sweet flower, cocoa, finely roasted hazelnuts, and candied citrus fruit. The texture is infinitely silky, concentrated and flavoursome, with an explosion of ripe fruits, red fruits, white chocolate, caramel and pastries that is typical of Cristal.
Each medallion bottle is 100% handcrafted, requiring the craftsmanship of 2 master goldsmiths, 12 metiers, 7 metres of brass strip plated in 24 carat gold, 158 silver soldering points, and 4 days of work.
Roederer's 2002 Cristal is a fabulous wine! Originally released in 2009, it was re-released in March this year-and was sold out in a very short time. The Cristal I tasted at Roederer in May 2018 was disgorged in 2010, after seven years sur lie. Its amazing richness and concentration makes it a forerunner of the 2015 and follows the 1999. Only two times-2002 and 2015-the fruit from all 42 plots reserved for Cristal was used for the Cristal. "I couldn't do any better blend than the one assembling all the 42 plots," says Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, stressing that at that time only two hectares were farmed biodynamically. As a result of the conversion to biodynamic farming, Lécaillon promised himself the production of even more beautiful, vital and balanced wines, and you can feel his satisfaction whenever he speaks of the cuvées that are yet to come such as 2012 and 2015, the latter of which he calls "the new 2002." Back to history: the nose of the 2002 Cristal shows a deep, ripe and elegant fruit with aromas of white chocolate, wet chalk, wild vanilla and pepper (typical for 2002) as well as terroir-driven truffle notes. Intense and very elegant in the mouth, this is a ripe, rich and concentrated yet also pure and vital Cristal with great finesse, elegance and mineral complexity. It's a sublime Champagne right now, although it's more wine than Champagne. Tasted in Reims in May 2018.
This is an exceptional wine, as is the vintage. The fruits-grapefruit, crisp red apple-balance with a fine yeasty character. There is a great depth of flavor, the fruits going in a pure line of freshness. The one problem is that it is much too young, the result of the demand from the market for the next vintage. Age this wine for at least four years. Roger Voss
A suave customer, with hints of citrus, berry and coffee. Harmonious and refined, with freshness and a bright structure. The finish shows a lot of potential, with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2030.