Founded in 1776, and property of the same family since 1819, Champagne Louis Roederer is today one of the last major champagne houses to be an independent family affair. The annual production of its wines (Brut Premier, Carte Blanche, Brut Vintage, Rosé Vintage, Blanc de Blancs, Cristal, Cristal Rosé) represents just over three million bottles, distributed to 100 countries worldwide.
Using Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs Grands Crus for the Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Louis Roederer uses 100% of its own grapes for vintage styles. Complete self-sufficiency of estate-grown grapes is extremely unusual in Champagne, ensuring superior quality at all stages from grape to glass.
10% of the wines have been matured in oak tuns with weekly batonnage and no malolactic fermentation. The Blanc de Blancs 2009 cuvée has been drawn off at low pressure to ensure a fuller, richer flow of bubbles. The wine has been matured for an average of five years in the cellars and left to rest for six months after disgorging to complete its maturation.
2009 was a classic cold, dry winter with a late bud-break on 10th April. A warm spring followed with irregular rainfall resulting in a varied development of the vines at the crucial flowering phase. An exceptionally hot and dry summer prompted maturity in optimal conditions in August, beginning the harvest on 10th September.
Flavours of citrus peel, white and yellow fruits (pear, peach) cocoa bean and finely ground hazelnuts. Sweet density and maturity are dominant, combined with slightly tart nuances, followed by toast and brioche variations. The finish is long and fresh.
A perfect match with oysters, summer salad with hazel nuts and goats’ cheese, or prawns or langoustines.
Serve at 12°C
Wine Enthusiast: 94 Points