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.
Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs Grands Crus. Champagne Louis Roederer uses 100% of its own grapes for vintage styles. Such a high proportion of estate-grown grapes is unusual in Champagne, ensuring superior quality at all stages from grape to glass.
15 to 20% of the juice is vinified in oak vats, with weekly bâtonnage and without malolactic fermentation. The Blanc de Blancs cuvée is bottled at low pressure to obtain a richer, fuller flow of bubbles. It is aged, on average, for five years in Champagne Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further six months after dégorgement to attain perfect maturity.
After a rainy and stormy spring, flowering was difficult. The dry summer ensured slow maturation that was both continental (dry) and northern (coolness). September provided anticyclonic conditions, despite several episodes of intense rainfall.
All of these remarkably favourable weather conditions contributed to the ideal, slow, and gradual maturation of the grapes, resulting in an exceptional natural equilibrium between freshness and a concentration of flavours. Harvest commenced in mid-September.
The Blanc de Blancs is a pure, taut and bright wine. Its contrasting tones range from an intense, chiseled acidity to the supple lightness of notes of fresh hazelnuts, almonds, and white flowers with accents of acacia, broom, and honeysuckle. The 2008 is characterised by discreet elegance and its harmonious blend of substance and freshness.
A perfect match with oysters, summer salad with hazel nuts and goats cheese or prawns or langoustines.
Serve at 12°C