Friday, July 23, 2021
Louis Roederer Vintage Champagne
2009 Louis Roederer Vintage Champagne...$69.99
Composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this vintage offers rich, yeasty aromas, followed by brioche, plum, pear, gingersnap, cranberry, and roasted nuts. Champagne Louis Roederer owns more than 590 acres within the three best sub regions of Champagne—Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, and Côtes des Blancs—215 of which are farmed Bio-dynamically. With seventh generation winemaker Frédéric Rouzard at the helm, it remains a family-owned house to this day.
Rated 96/100 Tasting Panel
A set of more north-facing vineyards here deliver a more restrained, mineral and compact pinot noir. Nevertheless, the nose has terrific ripe-fruit expression (a warmer vintage), and the oak fermentation (30%) works well to wrap the exuberant fruit into the mix of more mineral characters. The palate has plenty of lemon and grapefruit citrus, lemon zest and honey. This has done no malolactic and really delivers on the finish. Wonderfully clean, balanced and layered. Drinking well now but age through to 2025 with confidence for a more savory style.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling