jamie goode's wine blog: Roederer Cristal

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Roederer Cristal

Roederer Cristal. I drank two vintages today at BAFTA in London's Piccadilly (you can see the BAFTA 'mask' in the background of the picture) - the 1990 and 1996, from magnum. Both were utterly fantastic: fresh, complex and almost perfect, with the 1990 just having the edge on the 1996 at the moment. In time the 1996 may prove the better, but it's a hard call.

Cristal is famous as being the favoured tipple of hip-hop stars and gangsta rappers (see here and here, for example). It would be nice to say that it's overhyped, but it's not. This stuff is thrilling. Almost unbelievably good. I also tried the Roederer 1999 releases, my favourite being the Blanc de Blancs, which again is spectacularly fresh and vivid with lots of complexity. The regular vintage 1999 is also very impressive, with some more richness underneath the fresh fruit. Roederer rocks.



At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Tristan Montague-Blythe said...

Mr Goode,

I believe that I have made my feelings clear on this subject before. To imply that an inanimate object "rocks" conjures up images of those prehistoric DJs, Smashy and Nicey, and jacket-and-jeans-combo-merchant Jeremy Clarkson. Now look sharp, and please desist from such Man-at-C&A behaviour.

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hallo jamie,

i just got a cristal roederer of 1975....
Do you think it is still drinkable ??
It was lying in the cellar by (i hope ) constant temperature.
waht would you do ? drink it or not ?
please answer me to my e-mail adress "partyruler@gmx.de"

thank you very much.


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