1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose Vinotheque (Gift Box)
This has moved into a great place, offering the maximum range of characters. From the chalk-driven core emerges an array of spices, fresh mushrooms, white truffles, cocoa powder and dried, woody notes. There’s an explosive feel to the palate with spiced black cherries and plums. Intense acidity, raw and very powerful. The terroir is speaking loudly here. Smooth and fluid tannins offer some respite from the acidity at the finish. Drink or hold.