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.
Carte Blanche is made from grapes grown in more than 40 different plots.
5% of the wines are matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage. 10% of the reserve wines are matured in casks following partial malolactic fermentation. The wine is an assemblage of six years of harvesting, a part of which comes from the Champagne Louis Roederer reserve wine collection, matured in oak casks for several years. It is matured for three years in the cellar and rested for six months after disgorgement to perfect maturity.
Carte Blanche offers intense floral tones (honey) and notes of ripe sweet fruits (caramelised apple), and warm sugar almonds (frangipane). Dosage adds a rich, creamy texture with great length but without being heavy. The freshness of the wine supports this length bringing a well-balanced and highly persistent wine.
Fruit or cream based desserts.
Serve at 12°C
Wine Enthusiast: 90 POINTS
December 1, 2015, Roger Voss
“The wine is only just off dry, giving a wine that is deliciously crisp and fruity. Ripe apple and creamed pear flavors are lifted by balanced acidity. The fruitiness and the just off-dry character make this a wine that would be just as good as an apéritif as with food.”
Wine & Spirits: 90 POINTS, YEAR’S BEST CHAMPAGNE
December 1, 2015, Joshua Greene
“This is based on a blend similar to the Brut Premier with a richer dosage. A small portion of this wine ages in oak vats and the pear-drop sweetness brings out notes of cinnamon, lasting on spice, firmly balanced and subtle. Serve it with fresh fruit and cheese.”
Vinous Media: 91 POINTS
November 30, 2015, Antonio Galloni
“The NV Demi Sec Carte Blanche is a beautiful wine in this style, with striking textural depth and nuance. Pear, apple, jasmine and mint notes abound in a very pretty, highly expressive Champagne to drink over the next few years. This is an impeccable wine in the Demi-Sec style. This release is based on the 2010 vintage. The higher level of sugar works beautifully to balance some of the austerity seen in other 2010s here such as the Rosé. Dosage is 38 grams/Liter.”
40% Pinot Noir
20% Pinot Meunier