Champagne Louis Roederer's "Cristal" was created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II as the first "Prestige Cuvee" from the best grapes from the best sites in the best vintages. A blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, it spends an average of five years sur lie, and is notable for its richness.
"Cristal's latest release, brings a perfect balance of richness and age worthiness. It is full of apple flavor, and the mousse is very fine and almost imperceptible. As so often with a beautifully blended wine like this, a few minutes breathing brings out extra complex flavors. It certainly should age over five years and more."