Cristal Rosé is the last sparkling wine on Maxim’s Champagne Card from the legendary Louis Roederer champagne brewing house. Just like all other drinks from this French, family-run champagne producing house, Cristal Rosé is another acclaimed and highly praised champagne. In fact, it is one of the highest priced rosé champagnes worldwide and the rarest sparkling wine produced by the Louis Roederer house. This definitely makes the Cristal Rosé a champagne that turns any occasion into a special one.
History of Cristal Rosé
Cristal Rosé was created by Jean-Claude Rouzaud, as the rosé version of the already famous Cristal. He created the blend with the best Pinot Noir grapes from the Grand Cru of Aÿ area. The calcareous clay soil in these vineyards give the grapes an unmatched minerality, which in turn gives the Cristal Rosé the mature and unique smell and taste its famous for.
Louis Roederer is one of the only champagne brewing houses that actually owns the vineyards that produce the grapes for their champagnes. Almost all other champagne producing houses have to buy the grapes that they use in their blends. This means that only the finest quality ingredients go into each bottle of Louis Roederer champagne; be it Brut Premier, Rosé Vintage, Cristal or Cristal Rosé.
The Signature Blend of Cristal Rosé
The Cristal Rosé signature blend consists of around 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. 20% of this mixture is wine matured in oak barrels. The blend of Cristal Rosé is made using the saignée method after cold maceration.
Like almost all other Louis Roederer champagnes, Cristal Rosé is also matured for at least 6 years in one of the brewing house’s cellars. The 6 year aging process not only allows the flavors of the sparkling wine to become more distinct, but it also makes the bubbles more refined. Smaller bubbles in champagne result in a smoother, richer and creamier taste.
The Characteristics of Cristal Rosé
The first thing you’ll notice about Cristal Rosé is that it doesn’t have the distinctive pink hue that you would expect from rosé champagnes. Cristal Rosé has a soft and radiant rosé color, with light copper highlights.
Cristal Rosé has a well-defined smell, which is somewhat bready with caramel notes on the nose. The taste of Cristal Rosé is reminiscent of cherries and black berries, with the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. The brewing house’s distinct and complex style can clearly be tasted in this sparkling wine.
Cristal Rosé is best enjoyed with escargot, goat cheese, white truffle and beef carpaccio. Like most other Louis Roederer sparkling wines, Cristal Rosé’s alcohol rate is also 12%.
Cristal Rosé in Maxim Wien
Being the rarest bubbly from the Louis Roederer house doesn’t mean you can’t get it in Maxim. As you’ve probably guessed, Cristal Rosé is available in the club and can be ordered anytime you’re there. Maxim girls also love this rosé drink, and not only because of its color. The smell, mouth feel and taste of Cristal Rosé is truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind. This exclusive drink is sure to make your time in Maxim Wien a special one.