High-flying Champagne house Louis Roederer is opening a pop-up boutique at The Savoy from 1st July. What better way to celebrate the reopening of the West End than to drop in at The Savoy. Connoisseurs and collectors will love the range of rare Champagnes that will be available to buy, including the Cristal Vinotheque 1999, Cristal late release 2002 and the newly released Cristal 2013 (see below). They will also be showing for the first time their newly launched Coteaux Champenois wines, Cuvée Camille Charmont Pinot Noir and Cuvée Camille Volibarts Chardonnay, that have already impressed leading critics. Following a jaunt around the boutique, why not retire to the Thames Foyer for a restorative glass of fizz? Roederer, of course.
The latest vintage of Cristal, one of Champagne’s most sought-after wines, has just been released. Combining subtlety and delicacy with intensity, Cristal 2013 spells super-luxury like no other and will age gracefully over time, adding even more complexity as it does. Created in 1876 specifically to be served in the court of the Tsars, its grapes are sourced from the most outstanding terroirs in Champagne.
Cristal is Louis Roederer’s top wine and its cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is enthusiastic about the textbook qualities of his latest release, which he describes as chalky and precise at the same time as being fleshy and ripe. A wine of natural balance and ageing potential, this vintage was marked out by a very late October harvest (the only October harvest in two decades), which helps to give its characteristic mineral concentration a magical depth.
Louis Roederer has been in the vanguard of what they call ‘renaissance viticulture’, which is guided by eco-friendly practices, biodynamic composts and respect for living organisms.