In unserem vergangenen Weihnachtstasting am 08.12.2018 hatten wir in einem Flight 3 Prestige Champagner aus dem Jahrgang 1961, mit dabei der legendäre und extrem teure 1961 Roederer Cristal, ein Monument von einem gereiften Champagner. Und jetzt steht der Jahrgang 2008 ROEDERER CRISTAL in den Startlöchern, eine der namhaftesten Prestige Cuvees der Champagne aus einem Jahrhundertjahrgang, der wie 1961 in die Weingeschichte eingehen wird. Besser und luxuriöser geht es nicht, 2008 ROEDERER CRISTAL ist aktuell einer der gesuchtesten Champagner auf dem gesamten Weltmarkt. Zudem kennen wir keinen 2008er Champagner, der mehr Höchstbewertungen eingesammelt hat, wie dieser Traum in Flaschen. Alleine das Lesen der Bewertungen macht schon Champagnerlaune.
100 WINE ENTHUSIAST: "This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer´s own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Drink from 2020." 100 JAMES SUCKLING: "Disgorged October 2016 and will be the first Cristal to be released ten years from harvest when it is offered in 2018. 35 parcels used from a possible 45 in this vintage. The assemblage is 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. This is so fresh and tense and mineral with extremely exuberant chardonnay notes on the nose of white peach, lemon and yellow grapefruit, and hints of almost brambly sous bois aromas. The yeast characters are also super fresh, and there are subtle woody notes, with a hint of vanilla bean and light spices. The palate is super long, and very pure, powerful and focused. It drives deep and taut. Pinot noir is a strong core and the chardonnay sits at the edge offering lemon and white nectarine sorbet flavors. Staggeringly concentrated, yet the balance makes it seem airy and light. Acidity is perfectly positioned, and the power is intense and long. This is an ultra precise Cristal, finishing with a mere suggestion of savoriness and warmth to come. Impressive on release, this will be at its best drinking from 2025." 19.5 JANCIS ROBINSON: "It is a tribute to the special qualities of the 2008 vintage that this Cristal has benefitted from longer in bottle than any other Cristal: 10 years. More malo and a little more oak on this wine that Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon claims is all the better for the lessons learnt with the similarly high-acid 1996 vintage. Just one sniff and you´re assailed by the most extraordinary combination of density and lift. There´s a hint of lime and it´s extremely tight (I´d guess it has only just been deemed ready to release) and firm on the finish. But there is just so much pleasure to be had already. Super-fresh but so concentrated that there is no question of austerity. So much to dig into here. It will surely slowly unfurl but is already gorgeous. Hedonistic rather than intellectual. Very special." 98 + ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2008 Cristal is a real head-turner. Powerful, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2008 takes hold of the sense and never lets up. There is a crystalline purity to the flavors that is simply remarkable. Although still a baby, the 2008 looks like it will soon take its place alongside the greatest Cristals. Today, it is breathtaking." 98 DECANTER: "Cristal 2008 is on a roll to yet higher levels of exquisite purity and precision of fruit in a paradoxical balance of weightlessness and depth of flavour, permeated with minerals and a salinity reflecting the greatest terroirs of the Roederer estate. Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon believes that 2008 is his best effort to date, and it´s easy to see why. It´s from a cooler, maritime vintage that came right in the end, with one of the longest harvests ever, running from mid-September to early October. The colour is a stylish pale gold flecked with green. Aromas of white flowers are joined by a cleansing citrus vigour and richer tones of peach and mirabelle. The palate is still quiet, but a tender creaminnes shows through, and there´s so much concentration to come if you drink if after 2021. The greatness of the wine owes everything to the influence of organic and biodynamic precepts in the field - and Lecaillon´s sleepless perfectionism in the cellar towards finer fruit and a careful brake on too much yeasty expression. The acidity is vibrant but better integrated in the 2008 than in the 1996. Magnificent. Dosage 7.7g/l." 97+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "Let´s start describing the 2008 Cristal technically first. It is a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 36 plots in seven grands crus: Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil, Avize and Cramant for the Chardonnay. Twenty-five percent of the wine was fermented in oak, and 16% underwent malolactic fermentation to moderate the fresh acidity of the 2008 vintage. The assemblage was bottled in May 2009. After 8.5 years on the second lees (longer than any Cristal before), the first release was disgorged in September 2017 with a relatively low dosage of 7.5 grams per liter."
Wenn Sie sich das Besondere gönnen wollen, sind Sie mit 2008 ROEDERER CRISTAL absolut sensationell bedient. Und bezüglich des Alterungspotentials gibt es ohnehin keinen Zweifel. Der 1961er Roederer Cristal hat dies erst unlängst bei uns eindrucksvoll unter Beweis gestellt. Noch eines: Lagern Sie Ihre Champagner nicht nur kühl und bei korrekter Luftfeuchtigkeit, sondern auch dunkel! UV-Licht beschleunigt den Reifeprozess von Champagner erheblich. Sie können das zu Hause in Ihrem Keller nicht gewährleisten? UNGER WEINE – DER KELLER ist unsere Antwort.