Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs, Champage, France, 2011
Wine & Spirits
94 POINTS, YEAR'S BEST CHAMPAGNE
The Wine Advocate
Grape / Blend
Louis Roederer‘s familiarity with the terroirs dates back to 1776, practicing separate winemaking processes and controlling the production of bubbles. At the heart of the Côte des Blancs vineyards, where chardonnay expresses itself with so much finesse and subtlety on limestone soils, Louis Roederer selected an exceptional grand cru (Avize) whose distinctive and complementary characteristics allow intense wines to be produced, expressing both finesse and rich aromas. This elegant, racy cuvée quickly became the favorite wine of the Roederer family for major family events. Blanc de Blancs is 100% estate-bottled from the grapes of the historic family-owned vineyards.
The fine, even bubbles form tiny threads in the glass. The nose is discreet and delicate, the most prominent notes being of orchard fruits such as apple and pear. After aeration, the apple aromas take on more caramelized scents of baked apple, tarte tatin and finely roasted hazelnut. The chardonnay then develops a limestone character with mineral notes of hot stone, delicate spice, candied lemon, citrus, graphite, and even a hint of tobacco. The wine is velvety on entry to the palate, with a soft, smooth texture which dominates the palate, coating it with a delicate yet concentrated mouthfeel. It then broadens to reveal a zesty yet mineral freshness. The wine continues to take shape on the palate showing density at first, followed by chocolatey, almost tannic, notes and then finally a slightly bitter freshness that lengthens the finish. The undeniably saline end-palate is underpinned by an interminable chalky freshness that makes your mouth water, refreshes the palate, and invites you to take another sip!