Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France, 2011
Overview of the Wine
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.
Grape / Blend
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.
The Blanc de Blancs 2011 cuvée was drawn off at low pressure in order to create a rounder and smoother effervescence. It was bottle-aged for 5 years and then left to rest for a further 8 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity. The dosage is 9 g/l.
Wine & Spirits
94 POINTS, YEAR'S BEST CHAMPAGNE
“This has springtime scents of meadow flowers and chanterelles, the wine's sunny freshness infusing its richer tones of toasted brioche and creme fraiche. It's a classic, mineral-driven blanc de blancs, with a length of flavor that feels compressed and youthfully charged.” - Joshua Greene of Wine & Spirits Magazine
“This wine is made from Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. The well-balanced palate is textured and mineral driven, with a crisp white-fruit flavor that comes together well. This can be enjoyed now, although it will be better from 2020.- Roger Voss”
“Four plots in Avize, a village that delivers strong character in blanc de blancs, picked later and riper. The delicate lemons and fine, chalky minerals here are impressive. Mouth-filling, vinous flesh with yellow-grapefruit and nectarine flavors. Super long, fresh and focused mineral finish. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling
The Wine Advocate
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