Champagne Louis Roederer was established in 1776 and is now run by the 7th generation of the family, Frédéric Rouzaud. With over 240 hectares of vineyards located exclusively in Grands and Premiers Crus villages, Champagne Louis Roederer is self-sufficient for approximately 70% of their non-vintage production and 100% of their vintage champagnes.
Pioneers in sustainable farming, Louis Roederer use organic practices in all their vineyards, and are certified organic in 115 ha, with the remainder of the estate in conversion. The whole estate uses biodynamic practices and is inspired by the concepts of permaculture. Working hand in hand with nature, respecting terroir and the pursuit of taste underpins everything they do.
16% of the wine is oak aged with no malolactic fermentation. The Blanc de Blancs 2015 is drawn off at lower pressure in order to create a rounder, smoother effervescence. It was bottle aged for 5 years and then left to rest in the cellar for a further 6 months after disgorging to attain perfect maturity. The dosage is 8g/l
An extraordinary vintage which is also the year in which the Champagne region was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2015 continued the continental trend of that decade: a mild, wet winter and a hot, dry summer. The summer bought record breaking temperatures and water stress. The second half of August bought some very welcome rain, giving the vines some much needed relief. Thanks to this fresh finish, the vines produced juicy, ripe, concentrated grapes. Our ambition for this vintage? To capture the concentration which is the hallmark of this spectacular vintage!
The bouquet is precise and mineral with notes of ripe citrus fruit and white, almost vanilla like blossoms (pollen) and notes of freshly harvested wheat and almonds. The freshness of the bouquet comes through in the form of minty and iodised aromas (sea spray) which slowly evolve towards warmer notes of smoke, hot butter and toast.
The palate is creamy and soft yet concentrated on entry. The wine, underpinned by the delicate bubbles, unfolds majestically. It offers us the sensation of ripe, concentrated juice carried by an incredibly powdery texture with a distinctly saline finish. Oaky and smoky notes continue to draw out the wine, giving it extra length and concentration, an indication of its exceptional cellar-aging potential. The finish is pure, refreshing and mouthwatering.