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In 1956 a group of pioneering family growers grouped together in the small village of Ville-sur-Arce in the south of Champagne with the aim of producing a range of Champagnes to compete with some of the most respected "Grandes Marques". More than 50 years later and these families have finally realised their dream. 'Lelieur' is a local name given to 'The Craftsman' and this stunning vintage Champagne is a masterclass in blending in the cellar.
The Aube region in the South of Champagne is famous for its Burgundian like terroir and is the home of Pinot Noir in Champagne.
‘Lelieur’ means ‘the craftsman’, reflecting the art of blending that lies at the heart of a really special Champagne - This stunning vintage blend, made by a group of pioneering family growers, is rich and toasty with pure citrus flavours. A soft and creamy champagne, with gentle bubbles and a nice blend of citrus and classic patisserie flavours - think lemon curd on toasted brioche.
This wine can be drunk now but will further improve if carefully stored for up to 4 years
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« A wine of pure pleasure and a sophisticated gastronomic wine, Cristal is both powerful and delicate, combining subtlety and precision. » — Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master
This concentrated, dense, ripe, fresh and long Cristal 2006 is unhesitatingly made using full-bodied, smooth Pinots and fresh, elegant mineral Chardonnays. The ripeness of 2006 harvests makes it possible to achieve a distinctive culmination of matter and purity, richness and softness.
The Tsar’s Wine
Our House’s most famous wine was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the House’s best cuvée for him every year. He was particularly fond of the House’s wine. To distinguish this cuvée, this exceptional champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous.
Produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (45%) and Pinot noir (around 55%) grapes have attained perfect maturity.
Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after dégorgement.
Cristal is a blend of grand crus from the Reims mountain, the Marne Valley and Côte des Blancs.
A Symphony of Purity and Elegance
Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.
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Pale, golden-yellow colour with subtle green glints and wonderful luminosity, a persistent stream of fine and delicate bubbles. A nose of frech fruits dominated by citrus fruit and pineapple mixed with notes of white flowers and spices (ginger and cardamom).
A superb Blanc de Blancs with a clean, pure and well-defined palate. The attack is supple and full-bodied giving way to a superb, very refreshing finish of white peach and citron notes.