The 2008 Cristal Rosé is all tension nuance and class. Fresh and utterly brilliant the 2008 bristles on the palate with pure pedigree. In the glass the 2008 is at once translucent weightless and powerful. Readers should be in no hurry to drink the 2008 a wine that will age effortlessly for many many decades to come.
Like the 2008 Cristal the 2008 Cristal Rosé is the finest young vintage of this cuvée that I have ever tasted. The vineyards used for this cuvée have been farmed entirely biodynamic since the 2007 vintage and the wine was finished with a dosage in ’08 of 7.5 grams per liter. This is simply a brilliant young vintage of Cristal Rosé offering up a stunningly pure and precise bouquet of fraises du bois tangerine complex chalky minerality white flowers and a touch of caraway seed in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep refined and full-bodied with a flawless completely seamless structural chassis gr
Roederer's 2008 Cristal Rosé is a pure but textured perfectly ripe round luscious and mouth-filling Champagne with power and concentration as well as a crystalline elegant precision and stunning citrusy freshness. Sourced in four biodynamically farmed plots in Aÿ (two vineyards with old-vines Pinot Noir on calcareous clay soils that can give exceptional ripeness but also crystalline freshness) Avize and Mesnil (one-third) the 2008 is a blend of 55% to 57% Pinot Noir and 43% to 45% Chardonnay and was fermented partly (15%) in large oak casks with 16% having undergone malolactic fermentation. The unique light peach to pink-salmon color as well as the combination of juicy ripeness and great freshness is the result of "infusion" a vinification method practiced at Roederer since 1974 to combine finesse and mineralization with depth and ripeness. Cristal Rosé is produced with the saignée process after a cold maceration of seven to ten days and after being blended with Chardonnay is fermented like a dry wine. The delicate and subtle bouquet of the 2008 Cristal Rosé is intense and fruity intertwining red berry and sweet cherry aromas with floral flavors and a touch of caramel and nuts. On the palate the 2008 is very elegant fine pure precise and fresh but nevertheless dense intense and fleshy with lots of powdery chalk and a pure very fresh chalky-salty finish with zesty citrus flavors. The 2008 should have enormous aging potential. The Rosé was disgorged in March 2017 and the dosage is eight grams per liter. Tasted at the domaine in May 2018. Stephan Reinhardt
Interestingly released after the softer 2009 version of this wine this 2008 vintage is beautifully balanced between crisp fruit and ripe maturity. With its red fruits still in place it also has a toasty yeasty edge that is sophisticated and enticing. It is a superb wine delicious to drink now although because of the quality of the vintage it will age for many more years certainly into the 2020s.