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Founded in 1776 in Reims, the Louis Roederer Champagne House has remained family-owned and independent. After over 200 years of existence, the Louis Roederer House is still owned by the same family. Today, headed by Frédéric Rouzaud, who represents the family’s seventh generation, Louis Roederer embodies the excellence of Champagne wines throughout the world, due to its vintages that are crafted like true works of art.
Comprising nearly 241 hectares of vines, the Louis Roederer House’s strength comes from its extraordinary vineyard, made up entirely of Grands and Premiers Crus in the Marne Valley, the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. An impressive patchwork of terroirs, the Louis Roederer vineyard is divided into 410 plots that reflect the diversity of the Champagne region’s soils.
Following the end of the First World War, Léon Olry had to replant part of his vineyard. In order to ensure the continuity of the house's production, he acquired grapes and made a non-vintage champagne that perfectly expresses the house’s style, whatever the year of harvest. Thus giving rise to Louis Roederer's Brut Premier champagne.
Vinification and ageing
The grapes stem from a selection of several crus and are vinified in oak barrels. This champagne benefits from a 3-year ageing period in cellars and resting for a minimum of 6 months after disgorgement.
Louis Roederer’s Brut Premier comprises a blend of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (40%) and Pinot Meunier (20%), 5% of wines vinified in oak tuns with weekly stirring and 10% of reserve wines aged in wood are added to the blend.
During the tasting, Louis Roederer’s Brut Premier is an elegant and flavoursome wine that offers a vibrant and generous expression. The texture on the palate is full and voluptuous, with a ripe and vinous expression, combined with fruity and refreshing notes. The finish of this wine is persistent, pleasantly sparkling and utterly festive.
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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.