It all began in 2003… this exceptionally sunny year, which was problematic for our northern vineyards, revealed—for the first time—certain vineyards with remarkable potential in the heart of the Louis Roederer estate.
Located on the calcareous clay soil hillsides of Cumières, Hautvillers, and Vertus – rich in hard, coarse sandstone – these parcels had no difficulty in resisting the heat and drought in the summer of 2003. In fact, the vineyards produced aromatic, intense, and balanced grapes. The resulting wines are characterised by an optimal aromatic maturity, a creamy texture, and a vibrant freshness. This encouraged us to carry out a series of bottling trials. The wines were fine-tuned in 2003, 2004, and 2005, which culminated in the selection of the first 2006 vintage, which in turn led to the creation of the 2009 – another beautiful sunny year.
The collaboration between Frédéric Rouzaud and Philippe Starck encouraged us to be innovative, stimulating our creativity to such an extent that we pushed the whole process even further: the wine was developed through discussions, words that conjure up images, ideas, concepts… in a quest for the ideal champagne.
The grapes are grown exclusively in the Côteaux de Cumières.
Brut Nature 2009 is aged for 5 years in the cellars and left for a minimum of 6 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity.
A continental, sunny year with a real winter that was very cold and dry followed by a glorious sun-filled summer and almost no rain in August and September.
All this meant traditional vine growth, excellent health and remarkable grape ripeness for the production of dense, fruity and delicious wines. 2009 is an obvious addition to the select group of brilliant and accomplished Champagne vintages with a light, sunny character.
Yellow in colour with glints of light amber.
Discreet and extremely fine bubbles.
Intense bouquet combining sweet flowers (honeysuckle, broom), yellow fruits (peach) and lightly roasted dried nuts (hazelnut). Evolves towards spicy and citrus notes with a hint of Sancho pepper as well as soft, sweet, ripe notes of chestnut cream.
Ample and light on entry to the palate. Ample, thanks to its sweet, creamy, almost spherical texture that seductively wraps around the mouth, coating the palate; light, due to its elegant, saline freshness that stretches the wine giving it a smooth, delicate and airy mouthfeel. You will not fail to be charmed by its juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit that gently caress the palate. An elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes linger on the finish.
Fantastic with fatty smoked fish (tuna, salmon) as well as cured hams (Serrano), but also with hard cheese like 24 months old Compté.
Decanter: 94 Points
July 7, 2018, Tyson Stelzer
“The key to Roederer’s distinctive cuvée is the terroir of its estate in Cumières, the most incredible biodynamic vineyard in Champagne. The sunny 2009 season infused a ripeness framed by tight yet delightfully ripe and pure acidity, with a rare harmony that calls for no dosage. A delicate balancing act and kudos to the wizardry of Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon.”
Wine & Spirits: 95 Points
December 2017, Joshua Greene
“Musky and muscular, this wine starts out with unforgiving acidity, yielding to the fruit as the structure mellows with air. It’s a Champagne to decant or, if you’re opposed to losing bubbles, to stopper and revisit as it develops over the course of hours and days. The wine’s austerity fills out in notes of almond and honeysuckle, salt and citrus. This is a collaboration between Roederer and French designer Philippe Starck, a blend of pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay grown in the clay soils of Cumières, harvested and fermented together. It’s a wine that requires a sunny vintage, as it’s produced without malolactic and without dosage.”
Wine Spectator: 93 Points
August 23, 2017, Alison Napjus
“Like a racehorse at the gate, this is full of power and energy, and the firm, minerally frame finds its stride thanks to the cloak of fine and creamy mousse carrying flavors of crunchy white peach and pear fruit, grated ginger and pink grapefruit zest.”
2/3 Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
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