Roederer's 2014 Cristal Rosé has turned out beautifully unwinding in the glass with aromas of sweet cherries almonds citrus fruit and red berries mingled with notions of white flowers and wet chalk. Full-bodied fleshy and enveloping with a layered core of fruit and a pillowy mousse it's deep racy and electric concluding with a long mineral finish. Comparatively open out of the gates it's no slight to the 2014's seriousness to say that it will drink well while its 2013 counterpart sleeps in the cellar. Deriving from just a handful of the over 39 blocks that inform the regular Cristal 2014 I suspect that its origins have even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the subtle infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. As I've written before Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon never seems to rest on his laurels. Roederer is already one of the region's leaders in farming having committed two decades ago to a plan that most other grandes marques are only now beginning to emulate?an evolution outlined in more detail in the March 2020 Week 1 Issue of The Wine Advocate to which I refer readers looking for more insights into this house's methodology. On my latest visit to Reims we looked at the new Blanc de Blancs the latest Cristal Rosé and the new release of Brut Collection Roederer's reimagined non-vintage Brut which now embraces the base vintage rather than trying to efface it accepting variation from iteration to iteration. Published: Dec 14 2023
The 2014 Cristal Rosé sizzles with energy. Finely cut and crystalline to the core the 2014 is laced with striking vibrancy. Chalk mint white flowers cranberry and blood orange all race across the palate. Deceptively understated and nuanced the 2014 possesses tons of energy and captivating inner perfume. The 2014 is at the beginning of what is sure to be a very long life. I would not plan on opening a bottle for at least a few years. The style of the vintage is one built on linear intensity more than opulence like say 2004 with captivating aromatics and a sort of inner tension that needs to resolve. As always the Rosé is done in the classic Roederer infusion style in which Pinot Noir is vinified on the skins and then blended with Chardonnay to complete the fermentation. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: June 2022. (Drink between 2024-2044)v
#12 Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection of 2023 The epitome of great rosé Champagne this is beautifully intense. The fruit and balanced mineral edge are united with mature red-currant flavors in a wine that is perfectly aged. It is an impressive wine that is ready to drink. ? Roger Voss
Features rich focused flavors of peach tart poached apricot and mandarin orange fruit plus accents of toasted brioche pastry cream pickled ginger and pink grapefruit sorbet. Exudes an overall vibrant impression with a fine interplay of elegance and complexity showing deft integration of the vivid acidity and the satiny mousse. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2038. ?A.N.