Sometimes called the “Champagne of Kings” - or Tsars, to be more exact - Louis Roederer's Cristal was created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II as the first "Prestige Cuvée," and it remains so to this day. These are the best grapes from the best sites in the best vintages of Champagne. The 2005 vintage, a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, spends an average of five years sur lie, and is notable for its richness and opulence. Toasty, with notes of cherries, lemons, and tangerines on the nose that carry over to a palate full of fleshy stone fruits. Incredibly powerful, this is a bottle to cellar.