Vintage 2008 Cristal
It was the Russian czar Alexander II who requested maison Roederer in 1875 to produce his favorite champagne in a colorless bottle with a flat bottom: as the story goes, he enjoyed watching the bubbly content, and had a fear of an assassination attempt through explosives in a bottle. For Roederer this was the beginning of a success story: ever since, Cristal is the maison's top cuvee, produced only in very good vintage years. Made for a larger audience a few decades later, Cristal is still one of the most celebrated names in Champagne. In all these years, the looks of the bottle haven't changed.
Cristal is made of very ripe pinot noir and chardonnay from Roederer's best vineyards, and is allowed six years of aging in cellar.
Growing season 2008 started off chilly, but a sunny not too hot summer offered grapes wonderful ripening changes. Relatively cool 2008 is considered one of the best vintage years in the new millennium.