1996 Louis Roederer Cristal
Champagne, France
WB Rating: 91

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
Type: Champagne / Sparkling
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This wine was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity provided a few years ago through the extreme generosity of our in-laws Bob and Andrea. To me it came across as profoundly regal and authoritative, yet (at this point) also a bit austere and unyielding. I'm sure this wine will last 50 years. Perfect color, perfect tiny bubbles, utterly perfect balance, still (to me) somewhat monolithic flavors of yeast, red apple, and citrus oil. But what a tasting experience. In my dream world I'd try this one again in about 5 years. - HK 2006-11-29


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