A pastel pink colour with bright, slightly orange glints.
Fine, light bubbles in a long-lasting flow.
The bouquet is delicate and subtle, with elegant fruitiness (red fruits: strawberry, fig), zesty hints (citrus fruit: lemon and orange) and juicier nuances such as vine peach. There is a deep, slightly sweet burst of aromas.
In the mouth, the bite is young, springlike and energetic: full-bodied and silky, but based on very mineral freshness. This mineral quality is typical for Cristal Rosé, expressing the chalkiness and saltiness of the Aÿ terroir. The second mouth has airy notes and great aromatic purity, displaying the discrete power of this great cuvée. On airing, a few traces of Danish pastry and lightly roasted dried fruits hint at its enormous capacity for change.
60% Pinot noir - 40% Chardonnay – 20% of the wines vinified in oak barrels with weekly batonnage. No malolactic fermentation. To create Rosé champagnes, Louis Roederer still uses the saignée method after cold maceration that can last 5 to 8 days in the liquid phase. Cristal Rosé is matured 6 years in the cellar and rests for 8 months after disgorgement to perfect its maturity.
Dosage of between 8 and 10 g/l is adapted to each vintage.
|Wine maker notes
|For color, the winemakwer prepares a small portion of Pinot Noir with extended maceration and adds about
5% to the blend before secondary fermentation, imparting a subtle salmon tinge. Both the 60/40 blend and
addition of the small amount of red wine creates a charming wine of discreet finesse.
|COMPOSITION: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
|Serve with mild cheeses, oysters, shrimp, crabs and other shellfish, and with light, fruity desserts.