Louis Roederer ‘Brut Premier’ Champagne NV

Sparkling Wine from France - Champagne
Review Date : 06-Dec-2012
40% each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier from 40 different sites, approx. 10% aged in oak with batonnage, including 25% reserve wine, 6-7 y.o., partial MLF, the wine aged 3 years on lees and bottled with 10-11 g/L dosage. Very pale straw colour with slight green hues, very persistent and fine bubbles. The nose is full and open with fresh white floral and citrus fruits intermixed with steely minerals and a core of autolysed bready yeast, building with nutty elements and savoury stonefruits. Dryish, full-bodied and mouthfilling, this is fresh, lively and fruit-expressive with flavours of white stonefruits, florals, citrus fruits openly accessible and with subtle lusciousness. Fine, quite delicate, yeasty, bready autolysis underlines the palate line, and the combination of fresh acid raciness and increasing apparent dosage lends a suggestion of decadence. This is an open fruity style with freshness and growing richness. An all-purpose Champagne to drink over thhe next 3-4+ years. 18.0+/20 Dec 2012 40% each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier from 40 different sites, approx. 10% aged in oak with batonnage, including 25% reserve wine, 6-7 y.o., partial MLF, the wine aged 3 years on lees and bottled with 10-11 g/L dosage. Soft, full straw-yellow colour with a fine bead. This is full and broad on nose with integrated aromas of toast, nuts, aldehyde and oxidative complexities. Dry and softly textured, this is open and shows breadth with good body and weight. Fulsome flavours with the savoury reserve wine and bottle development on cork featuring. Good acidity, but the dosage is prominent, adding to the breath on palate. This is very well integrated and harmonious, and carries a very long, brisk finish. This bottling showing some breath and bottle development complexities, but very harmonious, with good richness. Drink with seafood and poultry. 18.0+/20 Sep 2012 RRP $110.00 A blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, with 5% of the wine oak matured, reserve wine makes up 10% of the total. The fruit comes from over 60 sites and covers six vintages. It spends 36 months on lees on average and the dosage is 10-11 g/L. Pale straw-yellow with a pale edge to the colour, this has a very fine, persistent bead. On nose, this is intense and tightly constructed with brioche autolysis characters balanced with Pinot Noir depth, lifted with citrus and floral nuances of Chardonnay. The faintest touch of reduction merges with the yeastiness and adds interest. Dry to taste, the wine is one of real finesse with noteworthy intensity, and lively mousse. Refined, stylish autolysis adds subtle complexities to the fruit concentration, and a thread of texture carries through the line and length of the palate. Louis Roederer seems drier and finer than ever before, the richness and sweetness of the past now moulded into class. A fine, firm aperitif with the depth to match food. 18.5-/20 May 2011 RRP $110.00

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