Why is Louis Roederer's Cristal still in high demand by both drinkers and collectors ? According to a recent article it is because like all great winemakers they realise that their meticulous approach in the vineyard will ultimately pay off in the winery. They have six estates which are all managed differently according to terroir and grape variety. All their vineyards are designated as grand crus and the grapes for Cristal are only picked from the chalkiest mid-slopes as these give extra finesse and minerality. Furthermore these vineyards have vines which are older than 30 years and produce 30% less fruit.
In the winery they use stainless steel fermentation tanks for the riper grapes and oak vats for the leaner fruit. They are also the largest biodynamic vineyard holding in Champagne. This allows them to produce more mature, stronger and richer base wines, essential for eventually making classic vintage Champagne. Finally as a result of this dosage levels have fallen by approximately 25% whilst the same percentage of Cristal is now fermented in oak to give it a more rounded flavour. Louis Roederer have kept evolving to ensure that they remain at the forefront of iconic, vintage Champagne. To read full article click below.