• Louis Roederer Cristal champagne tasting at Corkbuzz, NYC

    Yesterday at Corkbuzz in New York City, Roederer's chef de cave, Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, hosted a small vertical tasting of Cristal. In addition to simply being a tasting of one of Champagne's most renowned prestige cuvées, this was arranged around a theme entitled "The Grower's Years of Cristal", in acknowledgement of the challenges posed by the 2005 vintage, the current release of Cristal that Roederer is unveiling this year.

    As I've mentioned before, 2005 was a difficult vintage in Champagne, due not only to the warm weather, but to fungal problems from the humidity. The solution, from Roede
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