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2006 Louis Roederer Cristal
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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(made from 55% pinot noir and 45% chardonnay; 20% of the wine was aged in oak; no malo, as usual):  Light, bright gold.  Heady mineral- and smoke-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with notes of fig, toasted nuts and sweet butter adding complexity and depth.  Powerful, palate-staining poached pear and orange flavors are given spine by a smoky mineral quality, picking up floral and spicecake notes with air.  Rich but lively and precise, finishing with superb clarity, power and spicy persistence.  Drinking this Champagne now would be a shame given this cuvee's track record for aging. 

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Champagne-making is the highly refined art of blending base wines into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. These component wines come from different grape varieties (the white grape Chardonnay and the red varieties Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and from different villages and vineyards. And because only four or five harvests per decade...
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