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I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Veritas Champagne
I have tasted the following wines in this Video:
2008 Louis Roederer Cristal
2013 Louis Roederer Cristal
Today I am going to explore the difference between vintages and aged wine. But I did not pick any wine for this experiment. Instead, I got two bottles of Roederer Cristal, one of the most expensive Champagnes and I am going to taste them here with you … and you know what – it is still morning so I would call this a pretty good start into the day. The producer behind this wine is Louis Roederer a family-owned estate – which is increasingly rare for the bigger houses in Champagne
Even though its history goes back into the 19th century Cristal was not commercially available until it was first released to the market in 1945 and it is now only produced in the best vintages. Today It is one of the most expensive and most iconic champagnes. Special about Roederer is that they own 240 hectares supplying around 70% of the fruit they need which is exceedingly rare for bigger Champagne houses. Roughly half of their vineyards are certified organic, and they do biodynamic farming as well. All Cristal blends are 100% biodynamic since 2012. 45 different parcels are being used for Cristal and they pick the best ones every vintage. The Cristal is a vintage Champagne which means that the grapes are exclusively from that specific vintage and represent the quality of that year. Most of the Champagnes are non-vintage so it is generally the better and more expensive wine and the higher quality grapes go into it. Comparing these too wines is fairly easy as the two vintages were made in more or less the same way.