Cristal 2014 is a prestigious vintage champagne produced by Louis Roederer, a famous family-run champagne house Reims. The 2014 vintage was a challenging year for champagne production due to unfavorable weather conditions, but Louis Roederer was able to produce a high-quality wine by carefully selecting the best grapes from their vineyards.
Louis Roederer is one of the most renowned and luxurious champagne houses in the world, with a rich history that spans over two centuries. The house was founded in 1776 by a German businessman named Johann-Joseph Krug, who later sold it to his cellar master, Louis Roederer, in 1833.
Under Louis Roederer’s leadership, the champagne house became known for its commitment to quality and innovation. Roederer was one of the first champagne producers to promote the concept of cuvée, a blend of wines from different vineyards, as opposed to using wines from a single vineyard. He also began to export his wines to countries such as Russia and the United States, which helped to establish the brand’s global reputation.
In the late 19th century, Louis Roederer’s son, Léon Olry Roederer, took over the business and continued to expand its reach. He was responsible for developing the iconic Cristal champagne, which was created exclusively for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The champagne was packaged in a clear, flat-bottomed bottle to distinguish it from other champagne brands, and it was wrapped in a gold foil to protect it from sunlight.
Today, Louis Roederer is still a family-owned business, managed by Frédéric Rouzaud, the great-grandson of Léon Olry Roederer. The house produces a range of champagnes, including Brut Premier, Brut Vintage, Blanc de Blancs, and Cristal, which are sold in more than 100 countries around the world.
Louis Roederer is known for its commitment to sustainable viticulture, and the house has been certified as a “High Environmental Value” winery since 2010. The house also owns vineyards in the Champagne region, including the prestigious Cumières Premier Cru vineyard, which produces some of the best Pinot Noir grapes in the region.
In addition to producing exceptional champagnes, Louis Roederer has also been involved in the art world, sponsoring various cultural events and exhibitions. The house has collaborated with artists such as Philippe Starck and Jeff Koons to create limited-edition bottles for its Cristal champagne.
After harvest, the wine was aged for six years in the cellars, allowing it to develop its unique character and complexity. Cristal 2014 is made from a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay grapes, which gives it a delicate balance of fruitiness and acidity.
Tasting notes for Cristal 2014 reveal a pale gold colour with a fine, persistent bubble. On the nose, it has aromas of citrus, white flowers, and toasted nuts. On the palate, it is fresh and vibrant, with flavors of lemon, pear, and mineral notes. The finish is long and elegant, with a subtle hint of salinity.
Cristal 2014: did you know?
Louis Roederer produce their own oak barrels for ageing their wines. This unique approach allows them to control the quality of the oak and ensure that their champagnes have a consistent flavour profile year after year.
Louis Roederer Cristal 2014 Awards
James Suckling – 96 points
Wine Spectator – 97 points