Louis Roederer Cristal - $259.99
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Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish. Vintage Cristal is the standard-bearer for the House of Louis Roederer. It is blended from 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, grown in the best vineyards of Verzenay, Le Mesnil, Avize, Chouilly, Verzy, Ay and Mareuil. It has to mature on lees for six years to develop its golden appearance with lightly burnished reflections and its intense bouquet of white flowers, citrus and red fruits, followed by toasted, woody aromas that are warmer and more mature. Cristal deserves the finest delicacies: caviar, cooked oysters, scallops, John Dory or lobster.
apple, herbs, minerals, peach, pear, pepper
apple, chalk, cherry, minerals
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A region in France that makes wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. It is also the name of the world’s most famous sparkling wine. Although many winemakers outside of Europe can legally call their sparkling wine champagne, European Union regulations prevent any other member country from doing so.
France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.
Sparkling wines are part of a growing category of bubbly wines.
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