The 2012 Cristal Rose is magnificent. When Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon started to move Roederer towards organically farmed fruit, he started with Cristal Ros?, Roederer's smallest production cuvee. Because of that, Cristal Rose is the wine in this range that shows the current Roederer style in its fullest expression. Rich, vivid and crystalline in the glass, the 2012 Cristal Rose is a Champagne of tremendous gravitas. Chalk, white flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint and blood orange are all beautifully delineated. The 2012 is 55% Pinot from Ay and 45% Chardonnay from Mesnil and Avize. The Pinot fruit gets a 7-10 day cold soak and is then infused into the fermenting Chardonnay musts. Readers who can find the 2012 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical. Dosage is 8 grams per liter.

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