Rich and complexaromas with notes of zesty and candied fruit (lemon) mingled with pollen (white flowers), roasted hazelnut and Madagascar vanilla. After aeration, the bouquet develops rich notes of fresh pastries and smoky notes from bottle ageing. A delicious, concentrated and chalky palate.
The most emblematic cuvée of the Louis Roederer Champagne House, Cristal is a champagne born from the passion of one Russian. It was first created in 1876 exclusively for Tsar Alexander II. At that time, the reputation of Champagne was already growing in Russia, and the emperor asked the Louis Roederer estate to blend a cuvée just for him. But why Cristal? Forever fearful of being attacked or poisoned, Tsar Alexander II made a special request: for his champagne to be presented in a transparent bottle instead of the green glass bottles more common at the time. The bottle would also have to have a flat bottom. For its nobility, crystal was chosen, giving its name to the iconic cuvée. The first prestige cuvée in history, Cristal was initially produced exclusively for the Russian market. It was not until 1924 that Cristal began being sold all over the world, following the Russian revolution of 1917. Since then, only the crystal bottle has been replaced. The shape of the bottle has remained unchanged and it is still adorned by the imperial coat of arms. Today, this sparkling wine is one of the greatest champagnes in the world.