Instantly recognisable by the unique, crystal clear and flat bottomed bottle, this Champagne has been at the top of the ‘must have’ list for many years now. Originally created in 1876 for the Tsar of Russia, the bottles form and clarity were specifically developed at his request. Alexander II demanded that Roederer bring him a light coloured champagne in a perfectly clear bottle so that he could enjoy the bubbles and so there was no risk of a bomb being hidden within. Roederer commissioned a glassmaker to produce said bottle, giving birth to lead crystal glass and leading to the now well-known name of the Cristal Champagne. Although not widely available until after the Second World War, the historical significance of Cristal speaks for itself. Regarded by many as the first prestige cuvee ever, market demand for this stunning Champagne has elevated it to a position of prominence in the world drinks market. With a robust reputation and impressive history, this beautiful Champagne will already be making your mouth water, but what does it really taste like? The 2004 vintage is a particularly good year, having been described by Wine Spectator as ‘vibrant and mouth-watering’. Open the bottle and get ready for a sensory explosion, as notes of marzipan, poached pear and lemon zest erupt to occupy your olfactory appreciation. Taste the Cristal, and enjoy flavour after flavour as elements of fresh fruit melded with sticky pastry create a detailed and complex texture, finishing with a deeply smoky yet mineral element that just lasts and lasts.