An elegant, vibrant and generous Louis Roederer Champagne
The Louis Roederer Brut Premier is a non-vintage Champagne that Leon Olry Roederer created at the beginning of the 20th century. The champagne perfectly expresses the House style no matter which year of the harvest. The Louis Roederer Brut Premier is from six different harvests and consists of a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, all of the symbolic grapes from the Champagne region. This includes 5% of the blend that has been vinified in oak barrels with 10% reserve wines aged in oak.
At tasting, the Louis Roederer Brut Premier is an elegant champagne with vibrant and generous flavors. It is full-bodied and fleshy with lovely viscosity and aging, all of which give it an overall fruity and refreshing character. The persistent finish has a never-ending effervescence and festive personality.
The aromas and flavors described in this tasting note are applicable only for the year in which the wine was tasted. The wine is likely to further develop in bottle during its lifetime, thus changing some of its organoleptic qualities.
Parker : 92 / 100
J. Suckling : 93 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Based on the 2013 vintage (75%) and complemented with 25% reserve wines going back to 2006, Roederer's NV Brut Premier (2013) has a straw yellow color and offers lovely intensity and finesse on the nose, displaying brioche and honey notes along with ripe white fruit and flowery aromas. Round and fresh on the beautifully balanced palate and with a refreshing citrus flavor in the clear, crisp and pure finish, this is a very elegant, vital and stimulating cuvée made of 35% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Meunier. According to Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, 2013 was a very good vintage for Pinot Noir. 2013 was a late harvest. We picked the grapes only in October, explained Lécaillon, who used 55% own grapes for the Brut Premier. In wet years, the percentage of Meunier is always higher because Meunier doesn't need to be super ripe. I am happy with 9.5% alcohol here because I need the clear and crisp freshness to balance the vinosity of Pinot. It is the wine of the purchased, less ripe grapes from the Marne Valley that undergoes the process of malolactic fermentation (in total: 40%), Lécaillon said, and he never sends Chardonnay into the second (malolactic) fermentation in order to avoid the butterscotch flavors. To make a long story short: Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic aperitif and gastronomic wine that can be served everywhere and anytime. Tasted in Reims in May 2018.