(Champagne Louis Roederer)
The very name Louis Roederer speaks of luxury in the world of wine. It is no coincidence that their cuvée Cristal was the emblematic champagne of Tsarist Russia for more than 40 years.
This illustrious House was established in 1776 and has been run by the same family ever since. Today, Louis Roederer is an international byword for quality and prestige with a clearly defined philosophy. Whilst other champagne producers buy-in grapes, Roederer is proprietor of 200 hectares of vines for the production of their own wines.
There is no other great champagne house with such a high proportion of vineyards.
Golden yellow colour. Fine and persistent bead.
Highly expressive, with intense aromas of ripe yellow and red fruits with hints of butter and quince and a later suggestion of nuts and toasted bread.
Very fine, with a delicious balance between the fruit and the sweetness derived through ageing. Dry finish, with an appealing freshness.
Brut Vintage is highly representative of its year. It is only produced in those exceptional vintages when Maison Louis Roederer can obtain fruit of outstanding quality from its vineyards. It is a unique cuvée of the wines of a particular year, approximately 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, vinified in oak vats with a weekly bâtonnage and no malolactic fermentation. The champagne is aged for four years in the cellar and left for six months after dégorgement to integrate all its elements.
It is a revelation of what can be achieved by the combination of terroir, the magic of the year, and the savoir faire of this House.
Recommended with poached or grilled Mediterranean crayfish.