2013 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne
Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon took the reins as chef de cave at Louis Roederer in 1999, and has spent the last 22 years building his reputation as the finest craftsman in Champagne.
He is excited about the 2013 vintage release – very excited – describing it as ‘2008 + +’, exciting indeed for those of us who felt that the 2008 was flirting perilously close to perfection
"Cristal 2013 promises to be a great champagne, more restrained in its early years, yet also more intense, crowned by a burst of lovely plump fruit and crafted for long ageing."
THE TRIUMPH OF CHALKY PURITY
The last vintage harvested in October, the only one in two decades, Cristal 2013 continues the great tradition of balance and purity that has made it legendary. The mineral concentration is at its peak and achieves tremendous depth in this late year.
The longer vegetative cycle, the dry, bright summer and the slow ripening of the grapes up until the start of the autumn have given rise to two remarkably well-balanced and fresh champagnes that are the quintessence of chalky purity and the unique elegance typical of Cristal.
THE VIBRATION OF A GREAT CHALK TERROIR
The perfect embodiment of chalky purity, Cristal 2013 is a little restrained in its youth. Its perfumed finesse and great elegance draw their energy this year from the slow ripening of the grapes. This is a masterfully crafted wine, glowing and concentrated, which leans towards the soil, reflecting the salinity of its terroir as never before