91 Points "While the 2010 Rosé transcends the challenges of the vintage, this Blanc de Blancs seems to absorb them into flavor details. The core of the wine is fresh, with depths of chardonnay spice. Surrounding that, you might find notes of apple cider, hints of huitlacoche or toasted sourdough bread. It’s a fascinating take on chardonnay, needing cellar time to integrate its flavors into complexity."
94 Points "This latest Blanc de Blancs vintage from Roederer is well poised and balanced, already offering a hint of toast, while the minerality is prominent. It is in a dry style, relying on the ripe fruit to soften the impact of the acidity. A beautiful wine, ready to drink."
93 Points "Sunny and more welcoming than most young wines grown in the grand cru villages of Avize and Le Mesnil, this 2009 is markedly fresh, with the fragrance of mid-summer corn silk and chamomile. There’s no gruffness to the fiercely malic acidity, just lively energy infusing the meatier aspects of the fruit so it feels bright, round and smooth. There’s shape and sculptural refinement to the texture, a rich chardonnay with direction to its flavors and a long life ahead."
94 Points “This is from pure chalk terroir, and there are some very fine minerals at the core. it shows expansive gentle flesh and then a helping of long, sapid saline characters. The nose also has some gently toasty lemon rind and zesty grapefruit, subtle spices and lemon blossom. We are at 4 atmospheres here, and it shows as this is very strong and incredibly fresh. There are toasty moments on the palate, too, ripe tannins, ripe grapefruit and hints of peach sorbet. The wine feels relaxed and in excellent balance. It all culminates in a delicious grapefruit finish. Drink now and through to 2020+.”
94 Points "The 2009 Blanc de Blancs Vintage is mainly from Avize (80%), but chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is aiming for 100% due to the forward pushed ripeness of Chardonnay. The wine offers a deep, intense and very elegant nose of ripe, but nobly discreet Chardonnay on chalk flavors, which are repeated on the palate. Think of white fruits, flowers and blossoms, hazelnuts, brioche and almonds - and you are almost there. The 2009 offers a mouthful of round, rich and very elegant, precisely defined Chardonnay that shows a lovely freshness and purity in the finish. The wine is silky, vinous and very long, and reveals an endless elegance. No malolactic fermentation, but a remarkably chiseled acidity. Except of the Brut Premier and the Carte Blanche (which I did never taste) all Roederer cuvées are vintage Champagnes; or to be more precise - terroir-driven millésimes. Since the prestigious family-owned estate in Reims cultivates a stately amount of grand cru vineyards between their pressing centers in Verzepay (Montagne de Reims), Ay (Vallée de la Marne) and Avize (Côte de Blancs), Louis Roederer focuses on the production of a neat range of distinctive Champagnes. These are not just influenced by the blending of varietals (mostly barrel-fermented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also Meunier), but the characteristics of every single plot whose musts and wines are carefully combined by chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. The result is a beautiful range of classic Champagnes that contain the famous Cristal (Blanc and Rosé). Mind you, though, that not a single cuvée of Louis Roederer is of just average quality. At least the difference of quality between the Blanc de Blancs Vintage (currently 2009) or the Vintage (2008) is much smaller compared to the Cristal (2007) than the price might indicate. In fact, I don't leave my home airport (in both directions) without buying a bottle of Roederer's excellent 2008 Vintage.”
95 Points "From Roederer’s grand cru vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant, this is a chardonnay that’s both ample in its flavor and quiet in its delivery. Broadened by long aging on the lees, almost tropical in its ripeness, this wine’s firm underlying acidity presents all the flavor with clarity, rising toward mineral notes in the finish. One taster suggested that it is rich enough to serve with foie gras on toast with plum jam."
94 Points "This is a beautiful wine, so crisp, taut and refreshing. It brings out the fragrance and freshness of the chalk vineyards of the Côte de Blancs, fruity with apples and citrus. Still young although already balanced, the wine will age for several years and will be ready to drink from 2018."
92 Points "Floral verbena and tangy Meyer Lemon notes lead the way in this lithe and elegant Champagne, with vibrant acidity and a mineral-tinged underpinning framing the palate's crunchy white peach, brioche and salted almond flavors."
92 Points "Roederer's 2009 Blanc de Blancs is absolutely delicious. Cool and nicely layered in the glass, with considerable restraint for the vintage, the 2009 offer striking balance and tons of personality. Lemon peel, flowers and white pepper all give the Blanc de Blancs its brightness, but overall, this is a soft, textured style of Blanc de Blancs that will drink well young. Hopefully more time in bottle will help some of the tightness on the finish to soften."
94 Points "Impeccable florals on the nose here. This has impressively subtle biscuit spices across sweet yeasty pastry notes, plus lemon, peach and some chalky minerals too. Really pristine and entrancingly complex. The palate has grapefruit and lemon fruit flavors with fine acidity that etches detail after detail as it goes. Really impressive nectarine fruit flavors. Long, pure and a lesson in power with restraint."
95 Points "The 2008 Blanc de Blancs offers a very subtle and substantial, multi-layered bouquet of wet chalk, hazelnuts, stewed apple, lemons, toast, jasmine. Full-bodied and vibrant, this is a highly elegant, very mineral, pure, fresh, tense and persistent Champagne of great complexity. It is still very young but has a great aging potential."
94 Points "Tight with acidity and minerality, this is a precocious Champagne from a great vintage. Citrus and crisp apple flavors are allied to a strongly zesty character that brings out the chalk terroir of the Côte des Blancs in Champagne. Certainly the wine will age, so keep and drink from 2016."
94 Points BEST BUY OF YEAR "Chardonnay's chamomille and meadow flower scents race out of this wine's taut richness, its creaminess channeled along a chalk line of acidity. Clean and almost blunt in its youthful power, this wine has a terrific future ahead."
93 Points "Firm and focused by ample acidity, this is fleshed out by the refined and creamy mousse and flavors of pineapple, blackberry, tangerine, grated coconut and creamy almond. Well-knit and elegant overall. Drink now through 2028."
93+ Points "Roederer's 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs is a powerhouse. There is a level of richness and overall intensity that almost suggests the presence of red grapes. Almonds, brioche, cooked apples and green pears meld together in an unusually deep, pliant Blanc de Blancs. All of that intensity carries through to a decidedly phenolic, layered finish supported by veins of insistent salinity. Weightless, tense and pulsating from start to finish, the Blanc de Blancs is a real head-turner in 2008. 2015 - 2026."
95 Points "This wine is so crisp and piercingly direct in its acidity and minerality. On the palate, apples are fringed with grapefruit and white currant flavors, with a texture that tight and edgy. Although hints of toast peek through, the wine is still young, so hold and don’t drink before 2016."
92 Points "Complex, mineral-tinged bouquet evokes dried citrus fruits, green apple, fresh flowers and anise. Dry and racy on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of melon. A toasty note emerges with air and carries through the long, smooth, ginger-accented finish. Very attractive and fruit-driven now but I suspect that a couple more years of more bottle age will bring benefits."
90 Points "Fragrant with green lime and heirloom apple scents, this is a vintage powered by acidity. Its tart citrus flavors develop delicacy and grace as they open with air. Youthfully tight, this needs several years in bottle to show its best."
91 Points "The 2007 Blanc de Blancs is gorgeous. Almonds, green apples, pears and white flowers are some of the many notes that meld together in this deeply expressive, resonant Blanc de Blancs. The 2007 is open and soft, suggesting it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. This is a classy, super-refined Champagne from Roederer."
94 Points "This shows fine balance and grace, with well-honed acidity and a vein of smoky minerality imparting power. Offers expressive notes of poached white peach, clover honey, golden raisin, grated coconut and candied ginger. Drink now through 2028."
92 Points Cellar Selection "Roederer takes the natural elegance of a blanc de blancs to an extra level. This is so stylish, its white fruit and lemon flavors are touched with the minerality, and the acidity is nearly absorbed into the texture of the wine. Like many Roederer vintages on release, this should be aged, so give it 4–5 years."
93 Points "Bright yellow. Fresh pear and citrus fruits on the intensely perfumed nose. Concentrated but lithe, offering a complex array of citrus and orchard fruit flavors with notes of anise, smoky lees and sweet butter. Closes with excellent clarity and thrust, leaving mineral and floral notes behind. This Champagne is still a baby and should age slowly."
93 Points "White flowers, lemon, and crushed rocks are some of the notes that emerge from Roederer’s 2006 Blanc de Blancs. The 2006 boasts extraordinary elegance and finesse to match its rich, broad-shouldered personality. At the same time, there is plenty of Chardonnay character."
94 Points "The range of sweet and savory scents follow through on their promise like mist rising off limestone. The bubbles seem to plump up the flavors of Asian pear, lemon pith and zest and lightly toasted sourdough baguette. Or, to be less specific, this is bright, fine, floral and mouthwatering. Essential chardonnay."
92 Points "The initial attack is rounded with a delicious pear flavor... Then tight mineral acidity adds its presence, producing a wine that is also very fresh, apple crisp, with a potential for aging and a long lingering aftertaste."
89 Points "The 2005 Brut Blanc de Blancs flows across the palate with succulent white peaches, graphite, smoke and white flowers. This is a fairly open, seductive vintage for the Blanc de Blancs. The wine shows lovely up-front juiciness and fleshiness in an overt style that is probably best enjoyed over the next few years."
95 Points "Compressed in the mode of a great young vintage Champagne, this is a glistening brick of minerality. The floral intensity brings jasmine and the meadow flower scent of fresh cream to mind. The youthful tension makes it almost as potent as a ripe Epoisse."
91 Points "The 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs offers up gorgeous varietal fruit in a fairly rich style for a 2004 Blanc de Blancs. Textural finesse, brilliance and a total sense of harmony are the hallmarks of this suave, finessed Champagne. The small bubbles caress the palate from start to finish."
90 Points "A firm Champagne, displaying a floral quality to the biscuit, pear and light spice notes. This shows fine balance and good drive to the acidity, straight through to the delicate finish."
95 Points "This is pure, essential Champagne, limestone rock captured in liquid form. Its pale, fragrant citrus flavors are sleek and generous, etched into a stony structure that supports them completely without any overt acidity or tannin. All that’s perceptible is the wine. Age this to let the flavor detail develop, or enjoy it now for the beauty of its youth."
92 Points "Juicy citrus flavors show a silky quality, with spice and floral notes adding complexity. Gains flesh and sweetness with air and finishes with excellent clarity, cut and chalky persistence. This is balanced to age."
92 points "Very fresh, exuding aromas of graphite and pencil shavings followed by ripe peach, grapefruit and mineral notes. Vinous in character, with a vibrant structure and a long finish. A terrific 2003."
91 points "This has the ripeness and broad richness of the 2003 vintage, while the wine remains savory and dry. The scents are floral, light and lifted, the flavors more substantial, creamy and firm."
91 points "The 2003 Brut Blanc de Blancs is another terrific Champagne from Roederer. Here the heat of the torrid vintage is beautifully balanced by the wine’s minerality. A soft finish rounds out this caressing, creamy Champagne. ...The wine’s overall balance is impeccable."
95 points, Cellar Se "The purity of this wine is impressive. It has a straight line of mineral, flint and grapefruit running through it. Around this, there are layers of fresh apples, lime zest and a tight, taunt structure. Give it 4-5 years."
"The Louis Roederer Champagne house seems to be on a roll. Every one of their offerings is fantastic this year: ...the crisp Blanc de Blancs 2002..."
90 points "The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs emerges from the glass with attractive notes of smokiness, ripe pears, flowers and spices. The wine shows excellent depth in a rich, generous style, with suggestions of minerality, toastiness and chalk that round out the finish."
"Beautifully structured, with a refined character; on a par with Cristal, Roederer's luxury cuvee, but sold at less than a third the price."
90 points "A lovely blanc de blancs. Finely textured, showing ginger, honey and light bread dough notes. This is balanced and tastes dry, with a crisp, refreshing finish. Drink now through 2018."
91 points, Cellar Se "A finely structured, delicate, elegant wine, this has a pure white fruit and mineral character that lies easily on the palate. The aftertaste is soft but there is still a steely edge to the wine, which promises long aging. Give it at least 5 years."
93 points "Buttery lemon scents have a slight yeastiness. Rich apple, apricot and peach flavors with an edge of fresh acidity. Excellent length and weight leaving lasting peach, toasted almond and vanilla impressions."
94 points "The ripeness chardonnay achieved in 2000 at Roederer's vinyards takes this wine's aromas toward fresh pineapple, kumquat and the more traditional lemon-citrus scent of Champagne. It's tightly built in elegant layers of fruit and chalk. Complexity develops with air, as does the luscious texture of the wine. Dynamic and delicious, this will only gain from several years of age."
92 points "Medium yellow color with fine bubbles and notable brillance. The first aromas showcase soft citrus and red apple; in the mouth the benefit of the extra time on the lees clearly shows in the fine texture and depth of flavor. Apple, candied citrus peel and a hint of yeastiness make for a winning combination that stretches into a long finish."
90 points “A ripe, soft wine, one that’s creamy on the palate. There is just a touch of caramel, but the main flavors are of crystallized lemons, pears and honey. This is a delicious, fresh and a great aperitif wine.”
92 Points “Pale gold. Suave, vibrant, floral nose combines spicy quince, lemon and white peach and a salty mineral overlay. Brisk, nicely focused and pure, with finely etched flavors of peach, yellow plum and soft citrus fruits complicated by floral honey, mint and macadamia nut. Finishes clean, brisk and sharply delineated, with a subtle note of sweet butter and excellent length.”
89 Points "Soft and caressing, with apple and lemon flavors riding the elegant frame. Firms up on the finish. Drink now."
91 Points "Persistent, fine bubbles lift scents of flowers and fresh cream while the flavor is chalk-white. Sleek and sophisticated, this has a subtle yeastiness that underlines the flavors with a scent of wheat fields at harvest, or a breath of Corton Charlemagne. A firm, young '99, this should broaden and grow more complex with several years of age."
93 points “Better known for its blends dominated by Pinot Noir, Roederer is following the fashion for blanc de blancs in this very dry, but ripely toasty, full-bodied chardonnay. It has superrich fruit, but still keeps a sense of proportion its acidity and green plum flavors.”
92 Points "The 1998 Blanc de Blancs is medium to full-bodied, creamy-textured, broad, and deep. It reveals a toasted nut-dominated personality with vibrant and tangy apples as well as yeast notes that are discernable in its long finish."
90 Points "Full-bodied and ripe, with balancing mineral notes as well as melon, apple and crushed stones. Fresh and snappy on the tongue, with lots of white-fruit flavors, especially apple and pear. Then it finishes with likeable toast and smoke notes. Very approachable but structured."
92 Points "Sweet scents of Queen Anne cherries fill this buxom, supple wine. There's chalkiness underneath that keeps it balanced and firm. The dosage seems to fatten it up, though the wine doesn't taste sweet. It's fresh and delicious with crab."
91 Points "Light gold. Bright, tangy citrus aromas, with touches of jasmine, acacia, marzipan and oyster shell. Fat and creamy in the mouth, showing precise pear and apple flavors along with more exotic hints of mango and fresh pineapple. This has very good concentration and focus, finishing on a lively note of lemon-lime, with the slightest hints of smoke and truffle."
90 Points "Laid-back aromas of apple and baking spices, with a whiff of smoke. Fat, dense and spicy on entry, then concentrated, rich and full in the middle palate, with apple and mineral flavors. A big wine with very good penetration for the vintage."
94 Points "This is the second release of the collaboration between Roederer and Philippe Starck, a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grown in the deep clay soils of Cumiëres, harvested and fermented together. It’s a wine that requires a sunny vintage, as it’s captured without malolactic and without dosage. And it’s not a wine for the timid; one of our tasters described it as “sadistic,” while others were captivated by its energy, by the details embedded but not yet shared, by the naked, spherical intensity of the wine. The flavors stick to the lips, extending their lasting complexity. Give this time to rest in your cellar before opening, and perhaps decanting, a bottle."
91 Points “The 2006 Brut Nature is Roederer's first non-malolactic, zero dosage vintage Champagne; it is equipped with a distinctive label from French designer Philippe Starck. Based on 55% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay from late ripening plots on dark clay soils in Cumières (which are picked and processed together), the Brut Nature shows a great purity and freshness on the delicate nose. Pure, lean and mineral on the palate, this is a finesse-full and very straight, lemon-fresh and tension-filled fizz with a very good finish. Disgorged in March 2014. Except of the Brut Premier and the Carte Blanche (which I did never taste) all Roederer cuvées are vintage Champagnes; or to be more precise - terroir-driven millésimes. Since the prestigious family-owned estate in Reims cultivates a stately amount of grand cru vineyards between their pressing centers in Verzepay (Montagne de Reims), Ay (Vallée de la Marne) and Avize (Côte de Blancs), Louis Roederer focuses on the production of a neat range of distinctive Champagnes. These are not just influenced by the blending of varietals (mostly barrel-fermented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also Meunier), but the characteristics of every single plot whose musts and wines are carefully combined by chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. The result is a beautiful range of classic Champagnes that contain the famous Cristal (Blanc and Rosé). Mind you, though, that not a single cuvée of Louis Roederer is of just average quality. At least the difference of quality between the Blanc de Blancs Vintage (currently 2009) or the Vintage (2008) is much smaller compared to the Cristal (2007) than the price might indicate. In fact, I don't leave my home airport (in both directions) without buying a bottle of Roederer's excellent 2008 Vintage.”
92 Points "Certainly dry, this Champagne is also ripe and structured, balancing the extreme dryness and acidity. It is a complex wine that has the ability to age in the bottle. The minimalist label, designed by Philip Starck, is a perfect pairing with the no-frills wine inside the bottle."
93 Points "Sleek and minerally, this firm Champagne is softened by a swathe of silky texture, offering a tapestry of persimmon, pear, chalk and lemon zest flavors, with rich hints of pastry and chopped almond. Graceful and ethereal, this features a lasting saline impression that echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2026."
93 Points "Sleek and minerally, this firm Champagne is softened by a swathe of silky texture, offering a tapestry of persimmon, pear, chalk and lemon zest flavors, with rich hints of pastry and chopped almond. Graceful and ethereal, this features a lasting saline impression that echoes on the finish."
93 Points "Light, green-tinged gold. Vibrant and focused on the nose, displaying scents of fresh citrus fruits, anise, dusty minerals and white flowers. Fleshy and dry, boasting excellent depth and focus to its bitter lemon zest and pear skin flavors deepened by a hint of sweet butter. Shows a nervy, stony quality on the finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity and subtle florality. This is the first new bottling for Roederer since the launch of Cristal Rose in 1974. French designer Philippe Starck was heavily involved in the blending of the wine as well as responsible for the packaging."
94 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "Philippe Stark and Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon collaborated on the concept and philosophy behind this wine, a blend of three parcels on what Lécaillon calls a "single coteau" in the deep, cold clay soils of Cumières. He harvested all the grapes together, at the optimal moment for pinot noir when the meunier was a bit overripe and the chardonnay less than perfectly ripe, crushing and co-fermenting them (half the lot in large oak vats, half in stainless steel), eventually bottling the wine with low pressure (4.5 kilos of pressure rather than the typical six). It's a wine that needs decanting, gaining depth and roundness as it opens from extremely dry cider apple and barely ripe nectarine to red fruit flavors, roses and vanilla bean. The texture is what Lécaillon believes ties this wine to Roederer's style; here, that texture seems to me to fall somewhere between the cottony abrasion of chalk and a mouthwatering, cloud-like mist."
94 Points "A delicious collaboration with France's guru designer of cool, this goes against the grain of Louis Roederer and has no dosage, making it very dry. It's dense and powerful with layers of fruit. It's also full and almost spicy with a long and powerful finish. Soft texture too. If you closed your eyes, it tastes like a red. Starck actually was involved with the blend; he says it's so good you almost don't need a bottle. But the bottle makes it. A blend of two-thirds pinot noir and one-third chardonnay. No malo. Drink now."
94 Points "A delicious collaboration with France's guru designer of cool, this goes against the grain of Louis Roederer and has no dosage, making it very dry. It's dense and powerful with layers of fruit. It’s also full and almost spicy with a long and powerful finish. Soft texture too. If you closed your eyes, it tastes like a red. Starck actually was involved with the blend; he says it's so good you almost don't need the bottle. But the bottle makes it. A blend of two-thirds pinot noir and one-third chardonnay. No malo."
93+ Points "After much anticipation, the 2006 Brut Nature makes its debut with a bang. All of the classic Roederer signatures are in place, especially in its utterly beguiling, expressive bouquet. Hints of lemon peel, pastry, wild flowers and Chamomile linger on the pointed, crystalline finish. The Brut Nature emerges from estate-owned parcels in Cumieres and Hautvillers, so it is a unique blend, totally different from any of the other wines in the range. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon plans to make the Brut Nature only in vintages that give him the natural ripeness he is looking for. The blend is 60% Cumieres Pinot Noir and 40% Hautvillers Chardonnay."
92 Points "The famous nonvintage from Louis Roederer has evolved and become just that little bit drier. This bottling emphasizes white fruits and crisp acidity as well as mineral texture. It is a complete wine, all the elements there. Another few months bottle age will make this wine even better, so wait until 2017."
92 Points "This vibrant version is finely knit and elegant, with floral, toast and smoke aromas on the nose and flavors of creme de cassis and lemon curd riding the lacy mousse."
90 Points "Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic and blends about 40% Pinot Noir (from Bouzy and Ambonnay), with 20-25% Meunier (whose share is declining in this blend) and Chardonnay. Two-thirds of the grapes come from estate vineyards, one-third is purchased. (Mind you that all the other Roederer cuvées are sourced exclusively form their own vineyards!) The newest release of the Premier is based on 75% 2009 and 25% reserve wines, which are, since 1996, single vintage wines aged in large oak casks between 6,000 and 10,000 liters. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon holds 160 vats of reserve wines that are stored blank, so without lees, which otherwise would dominate the taste, says Lécaillon. "I don't like the reductive yeast flavors. Instead I am searching for a slightly oxidative and oaky style in my reserve wine." Lécaillon's youngest Premier did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine opens very bright, precise and refined, with toasty and white chocolate flavors. Absolutely delicate and elegant on the palate, this is a light, silky textured and remarkably finesse-full Champagne that is fresh on the palate, thanks to its structure and slightly oaky flavors. Excellent. Except of the Brut Premier and the Carte Blanche (which I did never taste) all Roederer cuvées are vintage Champagnes; or to be more precise - terroir-driven millésimes. Since the prestigious family-owned estate in Reims cultivates a stately amount of grand cru vineyards between their pressing centers in Verzepay (Montagne de Reims), Ay (Vallée de la Marne) and Avize (Côte de Blancs), Louis Roederer focuses on the production of a neat range of distinctive Champagnes. These are not just influenced by the blending of varietals (mostly barrel-fermented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also Meunier), but the characteristics of every single plot whose musts and wines are carefully combined by chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. The result is a beautiful range of classic Champagnes that contain the famous Cristal (Blanc and Rosé). Mind you, though, that not a single cuvée of Louis Roederer is of just average quality. At least the difference of quality between the Blanc de Blancs Vintage (currently 2009) or the Vintage (2008) is much smaller compared to the Cristal (2007) than the price might indicate. In fact, I don't leave my home airport (in both directions) without buying a bottle of Roederer's excellent 2008 Vintage."
92 Points "To judge by the cork, this bottling has some age, giving it a toasty as well as fruity character that adds complexity to this baked-apple and citrus-flavored wine. It also means that it needs no further aging and is delicious to drink now."
91 Points Year's BestChampagne "Balanced in a rich style, this yields flavors of lemon meringue over zesty orange-pith acidity. It’s round and smooth, a wine with direction that gently carries you along with it."
92 Points "A vivacious Champagne, finely knit and elegant overall. This is creamy and satiny in texture, with layers of yellow plum, chalk, toast, glazed apricot and lemon curd. Offers a lingering, smoke tinged finish. Drink now through 2020."
92 Points "Beautifully composed reduction across lemon citrus, white peach, cherries and deeper, more savory notes of spice and grilled nuts; fresh and complex at once. The palate's assertively flavored, yet runs on a smooth and fine textural thread. Acidity is paramount, redder fruits hold court here. Great balance and depth. Drink now."
90 Points BEST BUY OF THE YEAR "Seductively rich and round, this is also brisk and powerful. The only Roederer cuvéé with a portion of lots that have undergone malolactic fermentation, this is easy to drink on the surface, while tense and floral underneath."
91 Points "A firm Champagne, with a finely meshed palate that layers the delicate mousse with hints of smoke and marzipan, complementing flavors of white cherry, dried apricot, salted almond and lemon preserves. Mouthwatering."
92 Points "This is a particularly good bottling of Brut Premier. Drawing on Roederer’s famed reserve wines, it has a touch of toast that adds a round character to well as fresh, vivid lemon and grapefruit flavors. Drink this delicious, rich wine now."
91 Points "A smoky note of minerality complements the flavors of dried cherry and black currant, almond financier and gumdrop in this refined, creamy version. The delicate yet persistent acidity is well-integrated, leading to a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018."
90 Points "Roederer is one of my go-to champagne. It was a real pleasure to drink - not taste- a glass of the NV Brut Premier to start off this delicious lunch. The mushroom soup was perfect and a great match to the warm, nutty nuances of the Champagne. Sometimes simple is best, and that was certainly the case here."
Brut Premier has been awarded a Gold medal and the Non-vintage Champagne Trophy at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards.
93 Points "Light golden color. Funky, wild, rich, creamy, yeasty, and earthy nose. The leaf mold character is fascinating. As it opens, sweetness balances against the strong sauvage character. On the palate, is full-bodied, dense, and chewy, with superb mouth feel. It’s particularly lively and seems to dance on the palate. We suspect that this is an outstanding food Champagne. Stressing power rather than grace and elegance, kept improving in the glass. Excellent quality."
90 Points "A plump, rich take on the Roederer style, this is the pretty blond Parisian who manages a smile when you pass by: a little pithy, a little smoky, a little tangy with the scent of candied roses. The wine’s sweetness and acidity balance each other out, leaving a clean impression. A great start to a dinner party."
91 Points "Firm and finely meshed, with hints of passion fruit and pineapple mixing with poached apple, almond pastry and fleur de sel. Mouthwatering and lightly smoky on the lingering, refined finish."
90 Points "Light yellow. Bright, high-pitched aromas of orange zest, ginger, white flowers and white pepper. Racy and focused, with sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors picking up smokiness and a touch of peach pit with air. Shows good energy on the refreshingly brisk, linear, long finish."
91 Points "A beautifully integrated wine that shows richness, even a touch of toasty age to go with apple and intense acidity. The acidity shows so well against the rich backdrop of ripe fruits and a final edgy texture."
90 Points Best Buy "There's tension in this wine between the lime of white earth and lime citrus. The flavors are pale, chalky, hinting at white mushrooms, freshly dug potatoes and spice. Reserve wines lend this depth, while the wine's freshness keeps it mouthwatering. For aperitifs, or a plate of Comté."
92 Points "The NV Brut Premier is a gorgeous wine that stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of wines in its price range. Apparently, it is quite possible to make great Champagne that doesn’t cost a small fortune. Ripe pears, smoke, spices, dried flowers and herbs are some of the many nuances that emerge from the glass. The Brut Premier shows lovely mid-palate depth and fabulous overall balance. Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has done it again. This is a fabulous Brut Premier."
92 Points "A pretty note of apple blossom runs through this elegant Champagne, which is bright and juicy, offering flavors of green and yellow apple, tangerine and ground ginger, with a hint of graham cracker. Shows lovely texture, with a mouthwatering finish..."
90 Points "A delicate Champagne, with spring blossom, smoke, yellow apple and anise flavors set on a fine-grained texture. The moderate finish is fresh and juicy, with the smoky note lingering."
90 Points "The NV Brut Premier is a soft, creamy wine that captures the essence of the house style in its refined mousse, precise aromas and flavors and compelling overall balance. ...Year after year, this is one of Champagne’s most reliably outstanding entry-level wines."
Highly Recommended "Lively pinpoint bubbles; crisp and lively; creamy; intense cherry and raspberry flavors"
90 Points "The firm, toasty richness of reserve wines lends depth and structure to this nonvintage brut. The lemon-curd fruitiness is round, edged by mineral and wood tones. For aperitifs."
90-92 Points 2009 Blend: "This shows lovely balance in a rich, round style I find highly appealing. The Brut Premier looks very promising at this stage."
3 stars "It is a perennial favorite of mine...It was ripe and rich, yet showed the balance and elegance I’ve come to expect in Roederer Champagnes. ...Ripe and rich, yet balanced, with lingering flavors of lemon, flowers and chalk."
90 points "Reserve wines add rich, toasty complexity to this blend. The fruit flavors have a red cast, the structure transforming the juiciness of the wine into a mouthwatering, soft line."
89 points "The NV Brut Premier is a gorgeous Champagne at this level. Fresh, perfumed, zesty fruit emerges from this accessible, medium-bodied Champagne. The Brut Premier reveals an irresistible, immediate personality, with terrific balance. It is without question one of the finest NV Champagnes readers are likely to come across as well as one of the best relative values in the region."
91 points, #95 of To "Light and lively, featuring apple, toast, ginger and light vanilla flavors. Balanced and on the dry side, with a creamy texture and a lingering butter pastry aftertaste."
An Old World "Roederer's basic brut Champagne is luscious, with aromas of peaches and fresh-baked brioche."
91 points "Although this tastes younger than some recent bottlings of this great non-vintage, it is still a fine wine. Its apple flavors meld effortlessly with citrus, grapefruit zest, and just a touch of toast to show the depth of flavor that will emerge after a few more months in bottle."
Recommended "The non-vintage Louis Roederer Brut Premier ($47) is more delicate, with citrus and mineral nuances."
"The Louis Roederer Champagne house seems to be on a roll. Every one of their offerings is fantastic this year: ...the nonvintage Brut Premier."
90 points "A clean and supple blend of red fruit with paler tones of pear and cherimoya, this has a soft middle balanaced by the tension of its acidity. It continues to open with air, round, gentle and energized. An elegant aperitif."
89 points "The NV Brut Premier is a pretty, perfumed offering redolent of pears, greens apples and flowers. This medium-bodied, refined NV Champagne offers excellent length and a crisp, refreshing finish with notes of sweetness that linger on the close."
16.75 / 20 "Bright, clean with finesse. Very elegant, classy, beautifully balanced wine. Acidity and attack very impressive. Drink now."
92 Points "This Roederer nonvintage seems to be getting drier, bringing out more of the green fruits and less creamy character. It works well here because the wine has some bottle age, giving a beautifully balanced wine that has great class and elegance."
90 points "A bouquet of fresh baguette and toasted barrel with a hint of chalkiness. Very citrusy on the palate with lemon and lime flavors laced with youthful acidity. Zesty, dry finish has a steely edge."
88 points "Light gold with a fine bead. Pungent, herb-accented citrus and pear aromas are complemented by zesty spices and minerals. Round and toasty, offering deep pear and apple flavors, a pliant texture and a lush but incisive finish, with echoes of toast and minerals."
Champagne "A" List: "Nice yeasty nose. Quite crisp, with great citrus vitality. Ripe grapes with real fruit tastes, a spiky lemon character and a long, lemon-lime, very dry finish."
Critics Platinum Distinguished as a wine that "delivers a profound dimension either for overall quality, value, or both"
90 Points "A robust Brut, Roederer blends in 10 to 20 percent of reserve wines to give this a rich balance of freshness and maturity. The broad red fruit flavors have the rose cast of a Dungeness crab shell, ready for crab season this winter."
92 Points "A classic nonvintage Champagne, Brut Premier is also a yardstick by which others are measured. In the case of this bottle, that yardstick is working well: the palate is rich and creamy, there is a maturity along with great fruit and elegance. Best as an aperitif wine, this could also go with light foods."
91 Points "Minerally, flinty scents of apple, lemon, mixed grains and almond are focused and fresh. Bright, youthful flavors of lemon peel, Granny Smith apple and chalk. Dry, toasty finish."
4 Stars "Unusually, the 2001-based cuvee has 20% reserve wine from the 2000, as well as 10% older reserve wine. Elegance, finesse and complexity are the Roederer hallmarks and it will age very well over a number of years."
90 Points "Rich and creamy with racy acidity and remarkable complexity."
90 Points "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."
90 Points Year's BestChampagne "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."
91 Points "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."
89 Points "This is fresh and fruity, with an attractive apple-purée flavor, balanced by crisp acidity and a light, bright finish."
89 Points "Light yellow-gold. Poached pear, nectarine and honey on the fragrant nose. Juicy and gently sweet, with good clarity and punch to its ripe orchard fruit and melon flavors. Comes across as drier than most Champagnes of this genre, and finishes with firm grip and lingering spiciness."
90 Points "The NV Extra-Dry Carte Blanche is based on the Brut Premier, but receives a higher dosage of 16 grams per liter. Even though the Carte Blanche naturally shows a bit more sweetness than the Brut Premier it also maintains considerable focus and energy. Here the expression of fruit tends towards brighter, more floral white fruits, green apples/pears. The wine’s balance and length are first rate."
"...bright and clean and almost dry. It was a superb aperitif."
89 Points "The NV Extra-Dry Carte Blanche is another beautiful wine from Roederer. ... A higher dosage of 17 grams per liter (vis-a-vis the 8-10 that is the norm here) gives the wine an extra measure of volume and richness that seems particularly well suited to spicier foods."
Recommended "For a Black Tie Affair: Louis Roederer Carte Blanche Extra-Dry Champagne NV is an elegant wine. On top of Champagne’s signature toasty brioche notes, you’ll find beautiful florals, herbs, and citrus blossoms. Pairs perfectly with caviar or sushi."
90 points "With its good bottle age, this bone-dry Champagne from Roederer has gained impressive complexity. The wine is certainly dry, but toast, vanilla and ground almond flavors add to the fruit. The apple skin texture holds this delicious wine together."
89 points "The NV Extra-Dry Carte Blanche is another beautiful wine from Roederer. ... beautiful texture. A higher dosage of 17 grams per liter (vis-a-vis the 8-10 that is the norm here) gives the wine an extra measure of volume and richness that seems particularly well suited to spicier foods."
96 Points "Cristal 2009 is supple and lovely, the vintage adding richness to the clarity and precision of its fruit, heightening the sense of purity from a wine exclusively made from chalk terroirs. It’s a straight line of flavor widened by fruit notes of just-ripe white peach and deeper tones of red currant. What ornate charm this offers may be clarified by the details (60 percent pinot noir, 40 percent chardonnay, from seven grand cru villages, plus Mareuil-sur-A, where Roederer owns exceptional parcels of pinot noir, a portion ofthe lots fermented in barrel, none of it allowed to undergo matolactic fermentation). But this is not the kind of symphonic blend that other houses strive to produce. Young Cristal offers resonance rather than complexity, a long, gentle reverberation that lasts. Its future lies in its perfect shape, something time will address with a patina on the surface and in layers below."
97 Points "The latest incarnation of this famous Champagne now comes from Roderer’s own vineyards, a good portion of which are run on biodynamic lines. This still-young wine has great depth and richness, a beautiful balance between ripe fruit and crisp texture that make it alive, crisp and bright, As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. Drink now if you must, but preferably wait until 2019. Cellar Selection."
95 Points "White peach and acacia blossom aromas accent the poached apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and spin honey flavors in this harmonious Champagne. The satinlike mousse caresses the palate, while firm, focusing acidity drives the lasting finish."
#78 of Top 100 Wines "A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now."
97 Points “A very rich and full-bodied Cristal that harks back to 2006 or 1989 in style. It's round and rich, which underlies the ripeness of the vintage. Lots of dried-apple and pineapple character with bread dough and flan flavors. The bubbles are so fine you almost don't notice them. Very vinous style. Drink now.”
95 Points "White peach and acacia blossom aromas accent the flavors of poached apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and spun honey in this harmonious Champagne. The satiny mousse caresses the palate, while firm, focused acidity drives the lasting finish."
96+ Points "Rich, radiant and totally seductive, the 2009 Cristal possesses remarkable depth and striking purity. I have often felt that Cristal is released too young, but that is not at all the case with the 2009, a Champagne that is absolutely glorious today. The ripeness of the vintage comes through in spades in the wine's luxurious, enveloping personality. I remember tasting the vins clairs and the Cristal blend back in the spring of 2010. The finished wine is every bit as alluring as those early tasting suggested it would be. The 2009 is a superb Cristal in the making."
94--96 Points "The 2009 Cristal literally shimmers on the palate, showing great depth and purity in its sumptuous layers of fruit. It is a magnificent wine endowed with superb length and exceptional overall balance. The 2009 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The percentage of wine aged in oak is 15%, which is down slightly from previous vintages.”
96 Points “Chalk soils drive pinot noir to make a style that has additional minerality here and compression. On the nose, there are white cherries, gentle spices and hints of almost peppery notes. There's spring honey too and some yeasty, darker mushroomy edges. The palate is silky, very composed, refined, elegant and powerful. It's the chardonnay that defines the palate here in a different way to the other Roederer Champagnes. That this is a unique Champagne is absolutely correct: The depth and grapefruit focus is so impressive, as is the layered, elegant and long finish. Just effortless as a late toasty wave of grilled hazelnuts finishes things off. This is very approachable but will be best around 2022+.”
95 Points "Among the most iconic Champagnes, this wine always reflects its vintage. In this 2007, coming from a good, not great year, the wine is developing more quickly than is sometimes the case. It is now showing as a beautiful, balanced wine ripe with apples while also hinting at almonds and a yeasty character. The wine has such style, elegant with its fragrant acidity and complex structure."
95 Points Year's BestChampagne "Cristal is Roederer’s prestige cuvée, based on chalk soils. In 2007, the wine is all about chalk in its tension and length. Its white fruit races with electricity, a spark of energy driving the pale scent of nectarine and fresh apple. The energy is wrapped in a smooth, gracious and gentle wine that will continue to gain flavor depth over the coming years."
96 Points "Aromas of ginger, sliced dried pineapple, mango and tea. Full-bodied, dense and intense. Really fresh and delicious. Tangy acidity. Very long and flavorful finish. A vibrant and delicious Cristal. Hard to decide if this is better than or the same as 2005. Drink or hold."
94 Points "Shows lovely texture and harmony, featuring a powerful backbone of acidity married to finely knit flavors of green pear and raspberry fruit, with hints of preserved lemon, biscuit and honey. Light spice and mineral details echo on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2030."
97+ Points “Long-time Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon has produced yet another in a string of superb Champagnes with the 2007 Cristal. Rich, powerful and enveloping, the 2007 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. The aromatics alone are captivating, but then the wine opens on the palate, revealing layer after layer of flavor to match a multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic personality that will leave Champagne lovers weak at the knees. The 2007 is 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, which is to say a bit more Chardonnay-leaning than is the norm. The 2007 is striking today, but it should also age effortlessly for several decades. It is also without question one of the very finest new releases of the year.”
97 Points "Fantastic from the start. A colossal power of beautiful rumbling Pinot maturity. It's like chewing on the ripest grapes from Aÿ and Verzenay. At the same time ultra stylish: unmistakable Cristal essence of peach and mango sweetness, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, sprightly acidity and citrus blossom. Many similarities with 2002 but a clearer Pinot touch."
97 Points "Deep pinot-driven presence is the first and lasting impression. Power with control. Superfine bead, bread and spiced biscuits, candied ripe red fruits and a sense of tight-knit complexity. Some grapefruit, lemon pith & gently flinty notes too - impressive nose. In the mouth it is rich, powerful, mouth-filling and flavoursome with a core of the same biscuity red fruit flavour, savoury nutty notes and a wrap of assertive, persistent acidity that holds rich powerful flavour deep and focused whilst maintaining a polished, gently creamy texture. Long chalky bread and biscuit finish. A superb pinot-driven vintage. "
97 Points "Broad, ample and resonant on the palate, the 2006 Cristal dazzles with its pure richness and volume. Readers need to give the 2006 another 4-5 years in bottle, perhaps longer, as the wine appears to be shutting down a bit. Tasted next to the 2002, today the 2006 is a bit less opulent but just as intense, layered and deep. This is a fabulous showing."
95 Points "Although it is still young, this vintage of Cristal promises great things. There’s an impressive balance between ripe fruit and crisp acidity, rich and food friendly, but also a fine apéritif. Apricot and grape- fruit flavors are round and rich, but with considerable minerality as well."
95 Points "Light, bright gold. Heady mineral and smoke-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with notes of fig, toasted nuts and sweet butter adding complexity and depth. Powerful, palate-staining poached pear and orange flavors are given spine by a smoky mineral quality, picking up floral and spicecake notes with air. Rich but lively and precise, finishing with superb clarity, power and spicy persistence. Drinking this Champagne now would be a shame given this cuvée's track record for aging."
95 Points Collectibles "This elegant version shows beautiful texture and a sense of finesse despite the underlying power of vibrant acidity and smoky minerality. The palate offers a finely layered mesh of blackberry, poached pear, almond pastry, lemon zest and pickled ginger flavors."
96+ Points "The 2006 Cristal is one of the most towering, structured young Cristals I can remember tasting. Roederer is among the first, if not the first, major house to release its tete de cuvees. Young Cristal can often deceive with its open, seductive personality, but that is not at all the case here. The 2006 is majestic, powerful Cristal that is going to need bottle age. Today it is massive, tightly coiled and imposing, with tons of structure, phenomenal balance and plenty of potential for the future."
97 Points Cellar Selection "The iconic Roederer Champagne, Cristal’s latest release, brings a perfect balance of richness and age worthiness. It is full of apple flavor, and the mousse is very fine and almost imperceptible. As so often with a beautifully blended wine like this, a few minutes breathing brings out extra complex flavors. It certainly should age over five years and more."
95 Points "...this is pretty great, an open, airy, whip-smart delivery of Cristal’s spark, a wine of formidable delicacy. The undertow is there, drawing down a wave of spicy oak notes and heady crème caramel to reveal glints of limestone, the bright shimmer of acidity sustained by the cool rootedness in the soil. In 45 words of my notes on this wine, there’s not a single mention of fruit. Instead, they focus on brightness, subtlety, lusty juiciness, balance and mouthwatering complexity."
94 Points "Vibrant and mouthwatering, this offers a range of patisserie pear and apple fruit, candied lemon zest, pastry dough and marzipan notes set on a finely detailed texture, which imparts a great deal of finesse. The lasting finish echoes a smoky mineral note."
94 Points "Bright yellow-gold. Heady floral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, with smoky mineral and floral overtones adding complexity. Velvety and chewy in texture, offering deep, juicy orange and poached pear flavors and suave honey and chamomile nuances. Blends precision with power, finishing with a distinct mineral quality and excellent persistence."
93 Points "The 2005 Cristal stands out for its exceptional inner perfume and elegance. Soft, delicate and pretty, the 2005 is a relatively immediate Cristal with all of the signatures very much in the right place. The 2005 doesn’t have the opulence of the 2002 nor the focus of the 2004, but it is a very pretty, if somewhat small-scaled version of this iconic Champagne. I would drink the 2005 while the 2002 and 2004 age. Although Cristal has an impeccable track record when it comes to aging, personally I would not push it with the 2005."
94 Points "Good attack with ripe, vivid fruit character, good intensity of flavour."
97 Points "The energy in this wine recalls the 2002 Cristal (I wrote 'energy' three times in my notes.) In 2004, it's explosive. The wine is saturated with flavor, from floral notes of rose to pale limestone and equally pale fruit. The flavors keep going, as if striding through doorway after doorway in a limestone cellar, the Champenois equivalent of Get Smart. Built to age as gracefully as Agent 99, this won't disappoint if you open it now with scallop crudo."
Best of Show "In a class by itself. Even in an average vintage Cristal delivers. Toasty, frothy, elegant, creamy, with pear and nutty notes, and a gorgeous finish."
97 Points "It is a powerful, structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. ...Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive, complete Cristal. ...the 2004 Cristal has come together beautifully and is shaping up to be a truly great, monumental Champagne."
"Cristal is what Champagne producers refer to as a ‘tête de cuvee,’ the top-of-the-line offering. It’s only made in the best vintages, and takes that classic Champagne elegance and moves it up to entirely new level of refinement (that’s one reason why it’s best served in white wine glasses—you really want to be able to smell it). Also, like most great wines and if kept in ideal cellar conditions, Cristal can age beautifully for decades."
93 Points "Floral, citrus and spice aromas and flavors are at the forefront of this filigree, delicate Champagne. This is harmonious and well-defined, with a long aftertaste of roasted nut and toast."
97 Points "A pale beauty with delicate power, energy and dimension, the 2004 Cristal is an impressive follow-up to the 2002. Scents of apple blossom hint at the depth and clarity of the fruit, layered with ginger and spice in a flavor delivered over the course of several minutes. The freshness of the wine comes through in a subtle hum rather than anything as overt as a buzz, bright, airy and unstoppable."
94 Points "Taut, linear lemon and orange rind flavors give way to deeper pear in the mid-palate and pick up notes of honeysuckle and toasted grain with air. Still very young but shows excellent promise. Finishes with good mineral cut and sappy persistence."
96 Points "Lively and fresh, but more open immediately showing greater richness, generosity and fruit intensity. Dense and concentrated with lovely balance and a long finish. Will age well."
99 Points "An exceptional vintage with the same piercing drive and precision as the scintillating 1996. Intensity and fine concentration are the hallmarks of this fine Champagne; chalky aromas, fine citrus and tight, minerally restraint, some quite concentrated stone fruits here, peach and nectarine, really assertive, some flint and mineral too. The palate is needle-like in its precision, piercing acidity and fine floral notes, clean and long. Not one to be missed. A concentrated vintage with wind dehydrating the grapes ahead of harvest. An exotically flavoured, yet tightly structured Cristal."
96 Points "The 2002 Cristal is just now beginning to enter a plateau of early maturity. The ripeness and exuberance is on full display, but the 2002 needs quite a bit of air to fully open up and show its personality. Today, the 2002 is racy and intense to the core, with fabulous balance and plenty of the vintage's trademark opulence. What a gorgeous Champagne this is."
100 Points One of the best Cham "If a wine could ever make you want to pull the top down on your '68 Ferrari convertible, rip off the rearview mirror and take off, this is it. ...All the scents and flavors seem to emanate from limestone, as does the acidity, which hints at the front of the mouth and powers through the wine with the kind of solar energy that lifts mist off the white chalk on a cool morning in Cramant....It's already irresistible, and will only improve with ten, 20, 30 and 40 years of age."
100 Points "A typical Cristal requires several decades to show its best, yet a great one such as the 2002 shows a refinement, complexity and harmony that make it seductive in its youth as well."
97 Points "From a great vintage in Champagne, the 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal is spectacular. It is a young champagne with lots of brioche, honeysuckle, and nectarine notes presented in a full-bodied, rich style."
Recommended "...Roederer's top Champagne remains a paradigm of the form, showcasing the blending talents of cellarmaster Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon. There's an electricity to the nose: white tea, orange, salt, moss and apple skin. It's perfectly harmonious, with fresh berry and fleshy fig flavors highlighted by ripe grapefuit and an intense mineral core. And its full depth isn't quite on display yet. An extraordinary Champagne, with a long life ahead..."
96+ Points "The 2002 Cristal is a gorgeous, sculpted wine of extraordinary elegance. Graceful, well-delineated aromatics lead to ripe pears, spices, flowers, minerals and mint in this precise Champagne. ...The wine remains fresh and in need of several years of cellaring before it hits its stride."
98 points "This is an exceptional wine, as is the vintage. The fruits--grapefruit, crisp red apple—-are balanced with a fine yeasty character. There is a great depth of flavor, the fruits going in a pure line of freshness. ...Age this wine for at least four years."
"The Louis Roederer Champagne house seems to be on a roll. Every one of their offerings is fantastic this year: the luxe Cristal 2002..."
96+ Points "This beautifully-sculpted Champagne possesses notable clarity but with the additional depth of fruit that is characteristic of this vintage. It is a gorgeous, seductive Cristal of the highest level."
94 Points "Luscious and complex with pure, ripe fruit and creamy texture; long layers of flavor and a finish that lasts for minutes."
"Floral and delicate, this ultra-luxury bottling from Roederer is what tete-de-cuvee Champagne is all about.'
Recommended "$100 and up:...We know that some people will turn to...Louis Roederer Cristal because [it has] such special status; that's fine because [it's] not just fashionable, but...really do[es] taste special, too."
92 points "This is a lightweight Cristal, floating and fresh, without the punch this great wine can have from Pinot Noir. To taste, there is good balance, but the persistent grapefruit flavor shows the wine's youth."
Recommended "$100 and up:...We know that some people will turn to...Louis Roederer Cristal because [it has] such special status; that's fine because [it's] not just fashionable, but...really do[es] taste special, too."
95 points "A glorious, sunny Champagne, the 2000 Cristal weds all of its components into a dynamic sphere as if the bubbles were the wine itself. The bubbles carry concentrated flavors of red-skinned apple, hints of wild strawberry, high notes of apple blossoms and earthier notes of chanterelles. The interplay between the effervescence and the texture feels supple and rich, with a powerful drive that remains discreet. It’s an exceptional play on the vintage, transforming its broad ripeness into round elegance."
Five-Star Prestige C "Deep, long, penetrating, non-stop, toast, fig and steel flavors."
92 Points "Bright gold. Deep, subtly smoky nectarine and musky yellow plum aromas are energized by a suave mineral quality. Broad and fleshy, with deep, chewy pear, pit fruit and buttered toast flavors. A serious style, with velvety texture and excellent finishing punch. This has the concentration to repay cellaring but is open-knit enough to enjoy on the young side."
93 points "Doughy toasted grain aromas. Tart lemon-lime flavors have a frothy mouth-feel. This is a young, energized, well-structured Champagne with bracing acidity that sweetens-up in the finish."
91 points "This goes for personality and finesse. An assertive, honeyed style, with plenty of citrus flavors. Mature coffee and roasted nut accents are peeking through, with a robust structure and a dried citrus aftertaste. Drink now through 2018."
95 Points "Opens with youthful intensity, with citrus and red berry fruit followed by secondary toasty notes plus a hint of chocolate. Attractive, dense, fleshy palate. Powerful but silky, showing the ripeness of a warm mature vintage but with freshness on the finish."
Recommended "Since 1776, the distinguished Roederer family has created some of the most finely crafted Champagne in the world, most notably the famed Cristal, a creamy balanced orchestration of strength and delicacy."
95 Points "The precision of the flavors in this vintage of Cristal is riveting. They feel substantial, complete, youthful and extremely long even as their aromatic intensity remains subtle, layered in scents of fresh apple, brioche and yellow plum. But the integration is such that rather than emphasizing indiviual elements, the wine brings to mind words like brisk, elegant, refined. A beauty to drink now, though it will have more to offer with age."
91 Points "High-toned and floral, with hints of coconut and spice. Firm and lively. Needs a little time to integrate and resolve the fine mousse with the tactile finish. More backward and powerful than most 1999s, this has potential. Drink now through 2015." - B.S.
92 Points “Light gold. Vibrant, tangy aromas of apple, pear, white peach and minerals. Wound tight right now, only reluctantly offering up flavors of fresh orchard fruits, herbs and pepper. Finishes zesty and long. Seems less deep than the 1997 bottling; is this just in a sullen, youthful stage?”
96 Points "Bold, winey aromas of Sherried apple, beer, minerals and butter. Explosive flavors of stawberry, apple and pilsner beer are weighty, juicy and balanced. Sweet finish features telltale apple and exotic brown spice notes."
98 Points "One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish."
90 Points "Light gold, with a hint of copper. Expansive and powerful on the nose, displaying scents of honey, light toffee, fresh fig and baked apples. Dense and thick, with serious heft; emphatically not an aperitif style of Champagne. The flavors of ripe apple and pear, singed butter and baking spices are concentrated and deep. Boasts a velvety, weighty texture that carries through the finish."
94 Points "Deep straw hue with lines of small bubbles and a full mousse. Quite apple-y with additional aromas of mixed grains, pecan, malt, buttered toast and bread dough nuance. Foamy, juicy flavors of apple, peach, straw, yeast and honey. Crisp finish shows citrus and grains."
94 Points "If you think Champagne is not just bubbles, but is also wine, then this vintage is for you. It is rounded, rich, powerful, with a fine sense of the red fruits of Pinot Noir. To add further flavors, there are almonds, creaminess and warmth. There is a touch of austere minerality from the low dosage and the lack of malolactic which means it will age well over 10 years of more."
94 Points "Very fresh, complex nose combines soft citrus fruits, toast and minerals, with hints of red berries. Penetrating, bright and very intense, with powerful citrus and mineral flavors that turn sweeter toward the back end. The chewy finish of pear and hazelnut really stains the palate. Ultimately quite pliant and harmonious, in the style of the year."
97 Points "Taut yet wonderfully explosive, with fabulous energy, the 1996 captures all the best qualities of the vintage. In most 1996 retrospectives, Cristal makes a case for itself as one of the wines of the year, so it is not so surprising to see the Late Disgorged version show so well. Readers who can find the 1996 are in for a real treat."
96 Points "Roederer’s 1996 Cristal is gorgeous. The expressive, floral bouquet melds seamlessly into an expansive palate of sweet fruit. This is an exceptionally polished and finessed Cristal, but like so many vintages, it needs time in bottle, regardless of how rewarding it is today. Even after all of these great 1996s, the Cristal delivers the goods."
96 Points "The estate’s 1996 Cristal, from a legendary vintage, does not disappoint. ...The 1996 is an insanely beautiful Cristal loaded with floral, perfumed fruit and vibrant minerality. The wine turns delicate in the glass, yet this is a sublime, fresh Cristal that is in need of further cellaring."
99 Points "Champagne doesn't get much better than Cristal; in the great vintages, it has no peer. Louis Roederer has been making Cristal as a dry prestige cuvée only since the end of World War II, but since then, this house has made some of the world's greatest Champagnes... The '96 Cristal stood out like a beacon at a recent Champagne luncheon of prestige cuvees. Its intense, honeyed flavors penetrate the palate and are backed with piercing acidity."
94 Points "A paradox. This has weight yet a sensation of weightlessness thanks to its seamless texture and harmony. Still firm and forceful yet elegant, offering citrus, pastry, biscuit and hazelnut notes enmeshed in the creamy texture. Great structure for aging. Drink now through 2015."
94+ Points "Multidimensional nose offers baked apple, orange oil, acacia honey, white chocolate, toffee and earthy low tones. Expansive, super concentrated and powerful but not aggressive, with wonderfully sweet flavors of orange, flowers and honey supported by strong underlying structure. An amazingly solid Champagne with the stuffing for extended development in bottle."
94 Points "Initially remarkably fresh, this is a powerful, vinous Champagne that opens up in the glass to show a luscious, almost unctuous richness. As Lécaillon observes, it’s a wine still with a long future ahead of it."
97 Points "The 1990 Cristal is a dramatic, sweeping wine endowed with masses of apricots, peaches, flowers and minerals. A large-scaled Cristal, the 1990 combines size with clarity and focus in a remarkably complete style that recalls the 1982. The wine remains generous on the palate, with stunning length and a finish that lasts forever."
96 Points "From magnum, the Louis Roederer 1990 Cristal is still a youngster. Gorgeous brioche, orange rind, and citrus notes are offered in a full-bodied, unbelievably pure style that could have been 5-6 years old rather than 18. It is always remarkable how well great Champagne can age."
5 Stars "Lavender honey nose with great nuttiness. A sublime balance of fruit, richness and acidity awe-inspiring. Occasionally methuselahs appear at auction."
94 Points "You won't soon forget this vivid and expressive Champagne. It packs in compound layers of citrus, vanilla, pear and nutmeg that harmonize and linger on the finish. Bright acidity makes it extra refreshing and layered. It has really opened up since last year. Best from 2000 through 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."
95 Points "Still young but already impressive, this new vintage of Cristal Rose is dry and perfumed, packed with fruit and tightened by acidity. It features red fruit, zesty blood orange and ripe apple flavors. Because it is young and because it is dry, the wine needs to age."
94-96 Points “The 2009 Cristal Rose is simply fabulous. It is shaping up to be an explosive, kaleidoscopic Champagne loaded with sumptuous fruit. The balance and pedigree here are simply mind-bending. In 2009 Cristal Rose is 60% Pinot Noir from Ay and 40% Chardonnay from Mesnil and Avize. Not a bad combination! Approximately 12% of the wine was aged in oak. This will be a fascinating Champagne to follow in the coming years and decades.”
97 Points “Four blocks here, the same since 1974 – two in Aÿ, one in Mesnil and one in Avize – all selected for their ripeness and ability to push this further. There's a spicy and exotic nose that has quite expressive redder fruit and more pinotdriven shape and structure. The palate has very assertive phenolics, which will benefit from further ageing; this will eventually arrive at a more central focused palate. The silkiness is there, especially on the finish. Give this until 2020 and then for 10+ years after that. Much more powerful, structured style than the regular Cristal 2007. The first year of 100% biodynamic farming in these four plots.”
96 Points "Beautifully pale in color, this is the latest release of Cristal Rosé. It is ripe and full in the mouth, packed with fruit and also with intense acidity that cuts through the soft texture. There is a hint of bottle age, giving the wine a toasty complexity that brings a balance to this great wine. Drink now, although this vintage will certainly last to 2020 and beyond."
97 Points "The 2007 Cristal Rosé opens with the most captivating, extraordinary bouquet imaginable. Sweet, exquisite and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2007 is intense yet weightless, with extraordinary overall balance and remarkable finesse. Today, the 2007 Cristal Rosé is a wine of pure seduction. There is little doubt the 2007 is a great Cristal Rosé in the making. This is the first vintage in which all of the fruit was farmed according to biodynamic principles. According to winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, biodynamic farming has brought increased aromatic presence in the fruit and also given the Pinot a bit more intensity than normal, so much so that in 2007 the blend is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay as opposed to the 60/40 split that has been more typical over the years. In 2007, the fruit was picked in August, which is also unusual, but bud break got off to an early start, so the growing season turned out to be longer than the classic 100-day period that is typical from bud-break to harvest. All of that means the 2007 Cristal Rosé is a much more classic-feeling wine that one might have expected."
98 Points "The 2006 Cristal Rosé is simply stunning. A vertical, towering wine, the 2006 Cristal Rosé is a thrill a minute, with a compelling interplay of aromatics and exquisitely layered fruit, all supported by a real feeling of phenolic intensity. While the 2007 is seductive, the 2006 is virile and imposing, with the statuesque lift of a Giacometti sculpture. All the elements meld together in a complete, alluring Champagne that will continue to drink beautifully for many decades. In 2006, the Pinot Noir was already being farmed biodynamically, while the Chardonnay was still under conversion."
95 Points "Still so fresh, this is fruity, yes, but it has such a depth of flavor with red fruits the starting point for an adventure in tastes and texture. Produced Roederer's own vineyard, it is ready to drink, although it will in bottle for many years."
96 Points "A beautifully balanced wine that exudes elegance as well as richness. It is drier than previous vintages of Cristal Rosé, yielding a bright, crisp and layered wine. Red fruits are married with orange zest and tight acidity. It can be drunk now, but it is a young wine and will certainly age well through 2022."
98+ Points "Still a baby, the 2004 Cristal Rosé has begun to put on considerable weight over the last few years, which only serves to balance the focus and tension that have always been present. Even at eleven years of age, the 2004 Cristal Rosé remains tightly wound and a touch austere at times. Hints of orange peel, white pepper and cranberry add an exotic flair on the deeply expressive finish. Readers who can find the 2004 should not hesitate, as it is simply stunning by any measure."
98 Points BEST WINES OF THE YEAR "Few of the noble wines of the world have the effortless grace of Cristal Rose. The pinot noir for the blend, planted in the 1960s, grows in the center of the slope in Aӱ. Its flavor are more focused on the soil than fruit, as if the vines are bent on extracting the scent of fossilized seashells from the limestone their root explore, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon blends the pinot noir with 40 percent chardonnay from Avize, creating a wine with flavor that reach the horizon line, and ethereal fragrance that last for minutes after each taste, bright, weightless, elusive and grand."
98 Points "You might be able to make a wine like this if you had the foresight to buy vineyard land at the center of the slope in Aÿ, when the prices were still depressed by World Wars, and if you believed in sustaining old pinot noir vines and macerating their juice to create the color and flavor detail of a classic saignée Champagne. But even if you were a trained enologist and, like Jean-Claude Rouzaud, had inherited the Roederer estate, you still might need someone with the technical skills of Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon to attain the delicacy and fierce precision of this wine. Such efforts would be a fool’s errand, perhaps, when the formula for Cristal Rosé already exists, a mood-altering alchemy of power and finesse, fragrant red fruit, limestone gruffness and polish. This is a glorious 2004 with the drive of a great Cristal."
98 Points "Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is the master of Rosé Champagne. Following the style developed by Jean-Claude Rouzaud with the first Cristal Rosé in 1974, Lécaillon cold-macerates old-vine pinot noir from Aÿ then bleeds it off the skins to create the transparent color and to capture and preserve the moment of freshness at harvest. The wine is perfectly formed, the fruit as present as if eating fraises des bois in a sunny field. It has the bliss of great Burgundy and the delicate length of Champagne, lasting for minutes. It should last for decades in the cellar."
98 Points "Rich, powerful and voluptuous on the palate, the 2002 captures the exuberance of the year in spades. Hard candy, cinnamon, spices, mint and wild flowers wrap around the resonant, opulent finish. A head-turning beauty, the 2002 has really blossomed since I last tasted it a few years ago.[...] I imagine the 2002 will reward readers with another 15-20 years of exceptional drinking, perhaps more. There isn't too much to say, except that this is one of the great wines of the vintage."
Best in the World Named Supreme World Champion 2014 in the World by Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
100 Points One of the best Cham "There is no singular flavor, but rather a resonant chord, a series of oppositions that create the invisible intensity of an electric current, the power of the charge balanced by the elegance of the flavor and the structure of the wine. You could describe it as light and brisk, or bold and intense; either way you'll still be tasting it ten minutes later."
100 Points "Elegant and exquisitely detailed, the ’02 Cristal Rosé is the finest rosé Champagne currently on the market."
Wine of the Year "There is no doubt: The best wine tasted this year was the 2002 Roederer Cristal Rosé ... This wine was a rare experience, and eclipsed all the others we tasted — not just Champagne! ... It’s sensuous, with soft salmon color, and a seductive frothiness that bursts on the palate. There is a mosaic of flavors: pear, cherry, raspberry, vanilla, toasted nuts, and a bit of lime. There’s a rich and refined Pinot Noir and Chardonnay character. And there’s brioche, almonds and cream on the ultra-long, richly textured finish."
95+ Points "The bouquet is beautifully woven into a fabric of layered, ripe fruit. With some time in the glass, the wine’s textural beauty becomes more apparent, but this is a Champagne that needs bottle age."
95 Points "Orange-pink in color, this a super-rich rosé. The flavors are of orange zest, citrus and red currants, with a beautiful contrast of hazelnuts. The texture, round and succulent, is still able to offer minerality and a crisp aftertaste."
95 Points "The 2000 Cristal Rose emerges from the glass in a stunning display of well-articulated aromas and flavors. Everything in is perfect balance as this perfumed wine opens up in the glass in a style that recalls the weightless transparency of a great Burgundy. The finish is long, sweet and incredibly refined. I came back to the bottle several hours after opening, and the wine had blossomed into an extraordinary Champagne."
Best of Show of 5-Star Prestige/Cuvee Rose Champagnes: "Wholly entrancing, with big, bold, smoky, red berry and toasted nut flavors that never quite quit."
3.5 Stars (Excellent "This is the rarest Champagne produced by Louis Roederer. Delicate, elegant and finessed, it has orange blossom, a touch of mushroom, rye seed and high-toned notes balanced with red fruit wrapped around an incisively acidic backbone. The subtle, complex aromas and flavors end with a creamy finish. Will improve with time, up to 20 years or more."
94 Points One of 100 Best Wine "The first impression is supple, with floral scents of jasmine to contrast darker tones of red fruit and wood. It's immediately apparent how fresh this is for a '99, an attribute that only grows more striking with air as the tensions turns toward richer nut tones and bright raspberry-strawberry flavor, savory rather than sweet. The balance of the wine captures all those elements in a dynamic finish that lasts for minutes, then lasts in memory. This is young and will continue to improve over the next decade."
Best of the Best "Roederer Cristal Rosé is always exquisite and complex, and the current, 1999 vintage, is long, resonant, and fresh....The extra effort [of skin maceration] pays off in seamless balance and harmony. Pure and elegant on the palate, the Cristal Rosé shows mingled notes of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry with remarkable length and finesse."
96 Points "Classical Champagne, this is predominantly pinot noir from old vines in Cumieres, creating a wine that focuses its flavors high in the mouth. It feels sleek and lively and lasts for minutes. The floral scents of strawberry and brisk taste of toasted lees provide a transparent flavor tha magnifies the minerality of the wine. The perfect form makes it lovely to drink on its own, or with slices of sashimi."
94 Points "Dark pink. Rich and complex on the nose, showing an array of red berries, cherry pit, fuitcake and pungent rose scents. Fresh, strikingly pure and spicy, with vibrant cherry and raspberry flavors deepened by notes of floral honey and nutmeg. This has real size and a rich, chewy texture but it's also impressively balanced, with equal parts finesse and power. Finishes with an exotic spicy note and superb length."
98 Points "The 1996 Cristal Rose is an intensely-flavored Champagne with an unusually light pale salmon color. Its effervescence is restrained (almost non-existent), but the flavors are intense in this dry, austere, provocative offering. An outrageously great, singularly-styled rose Champagne, it is best served with intensely-flavored food. It is a tour de force in Champagne to enjoy over the next 7-10 years."
95 Points "Apple aromas fly from the glass and offer a prelude to notes of orange zest, brown spice and freshly baked bread. Ample flavors of baked apple, citrus, butterscotch, chalk and flint. Lingering finish is quite youthful and packed with citrus."
95 Points "A brilliant vintage of Cristal Rosé, this wine is perfectly knit, with all the power, freshness and compexity there in the weave. Pull it apart, and there's a lovely fruit sense of violets and pear, with chalky highlights surrounding the redder fruit and seeming to amplify all the other flavors. Or just drink it. As much as it may deplete your bank account, you'll feel momentarily, like the richest wine geek on earth."
96 Points "Copper-tinged pale pink color, with a strong mousse. Powerful aromas of honey, wild strawberry, blood orange, brioche, cinnamon toast, candied ginger and subtle clove. Remarkably concentrated, dense rose with kaleidoscopic fruit flavors ranging from citrus to orchard to tropical. Spicy, dense and very long, with deep smoky and cherry tones carrying through the supple, velvety but vibrant finish. As usual, a stunning wine of great depth and impeccable balance."
94 Points "A blend of grapes from Cumieres in the Marne Valley and the Cote des Blancs, this is a rich, well-balanced and very young brut rose. It is ripe, while keeping an almost austere texture and acidity that will soften and broaden out as it ages. Drink now for the lively red fruits, but better to wait until 2019."
96 Points "This wine’s pale cloud-pink color is a mirror to its pale pink fruit, a pink with bass notes and brighter harmonies that fill the wine with freshness and gracious flavor impact. This gains its color from pinot noir grown in Cumiëres resting for a brief, gentle maceration on the skins, picking up red fruit notes without any sense of tannins or astringency. Blended with chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, it creates a wine with intensity in its structure, while it feels like nothing more than a caress. The clarity and precision of the wine allow the flavors to last unfettered. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon built a new winemaking facility devoted to rosé in 2007, and his talent with rosé wines may be unmatched in contemporary Champagne. His 2010 is all of a piece, a joyous rosé."
95 Points “The viticulture here takes its cues from Burgundy with lower yields (40hl/ha), leaf removal, ripe picking and cooling overnight and some cold soaking and skin contact. The chardonnay juice is added to bring the acidity and balance into play, but this also has attractive rose-like florals that really speak of pinot noir. There's orange zest and some pink grapefruit and even handy nutty elements that creep in. This is every bit as terrific as the 2008. The palate has roundness, flesh and smoothly arranged phenolics. An almost saline chardonnay influence provides a vinous attraction here. Super silky, and the chardonnay finishes it fresh but with a punch. Drink now.”
92 Points “The 2010 vintage was not suitable to produce a Cristal or a Vintage, but it was good enough to create the rich and full-bodied 2010 Rosé Vintage; this Champagne blends truly ripe and concentrated Pinot Noir from south-facing, wind-protected plots on clay and chalk soils in Cumières with the freshness, elegance and finesse of Chardonnay from north-facing vineyards in Chouilly (Côte des Blancs). "Since we are looking for round and silky tannins, we need to have ripe fruits," says Lécaillon. That's why he produces his Pinot like red wine, which means high density plantings (10,000 to 12,000 mass selection vines per hectare), short pruning, leaf removal already ten days after the flowering, sorting table, cold maceration with 5-10% of the stems and a very reduced extraction. After ten days, the must is racked and blended with the juice of Chardonnay. "The idea is to 'acidify' our Pinot Noir, which has a ripe fruit with soft and silky tannin,s but a low acidity," explains Lécaillon. The resulting blend (65% Pinot and 35% Chardonnay) was partly raised in large oak casks and 20% underwent malolactic fermentation. The 2010 is round, dry and elegant, with a silky texture, and ripe and intense fruit flavors. It has a fine grip and stimulating freshness in the finish. This is an excellent Rosé.”
95 Points #53 Top 100 Cellar "Beautifully crisp and fresh, this is a young, tightly textured wine that is already so refreshing. Its red fruit character is just a part of the mineral and tannin texture and the pure line of fragrant acidity. Very pale in color, this sophisticated wine could do with some aging. Drink from 2018."
96 Points Year's BestChampagne "Roederer invested in a separate winery to produce its rosé, the facility completed in 2007, taking its classic saignee method wines to a new level. An estate-grown blend of pinot noir from the clay soils of Cumieres with chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, this is an extraordinary vintage of Roederer Rosé. it’s a lithe wine, compelling for its precision rather than for any stylized complexity. In fact, it feels simple, naked, capturing the freshness of the grapes in pale pink energy. The transparent cherry and Honeycrisp apple flavors are inherently balanced and hard to resist."
91 Points "The pale-colored 2010 Rosé is striking. Finely cut and chiseled in style, the 2010 delivers striking precision to match its focused, mid-weight personality. Rose petal, cranberry and white pepper are some of the signatures. The 2010 is a bit austere, but it has classical sense of austerity. Drink this feminine, lithe Rosé over the next few years."
93 Points “A vivacious rosé, marrying a delicate palate of white raspberry, pastry, blanched almond and white cherry flavors with citrusy acidity and an airy mousse. Rich smoke and mineral notes shine on the finish. Drink now through 2025.”
93 Points "Beautifully attractive fresh red fruits on the nose of this youthful rosé. Really lively and upbeat, the palate is bathed in fresh-cut strawberry, raspberry, nectarine and peach flavor all served up pristine, fresh and elegant. Very attractive as a young Champagne. Drink now."
94 Points Highly Recommended "Tangy raspberry and black cherry fruit is underscored by smoke and mineral accents in this finely knit, racy rosé Champagne. Mouthwatering, with hints of apple blossom, lemon zest and creamed almond on the finish. Drink now through 2029."
93 Points "The latest vintage of Roederer Rosé shows all the finesse of which this producer is capable. It has fruit and the merest touches of bottle age. Red berries shine alongside the mineral texture and the pure line crisp acidity. It's beautiful Champagne that could age longer."
94 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "This delicate style of saignée Champagne is a Roederer specialty; the firm completed a new cellar in 2008 with a sole focus on rosé. What sets Roederer rosé apart is the beautiful freshness of a wine like this 2009. Its color is a light orange gold rather than pink or red. Its scent hints at pink grapefruit, the flavors ripe and tangy, deepening to red fruit. As a young wine, its austere structure is ideal for oysters. Cellar it and you'll have a wine for the dinner table."
92 Points "The 2009 Brut Rosé is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Soft and supple on the palate, the 2009 captures the radiance of the year in its inviting, supple personality. Hints of smoke, chalk, red berries and rose petals caress the palate. There is plenty of acidity and overall energy, too, but a bit less of multi-dimensional structure and overall complexity of the very best wines in this range. Still, that is a small critique given just how delicious the wine is. 2015-2023."
94 Points "Still young and fruity, this is a wine with impressive potential. For now, enjoy the palest of rosé colors, bright red fruits, and crisp and lively acidity. In the next several years, this will deepen and mellow, so keep and don’t drink until 2017."
92 Points "High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by notes of candied rose, toasty lees and minerals. Densely packed and lively, offering sappy raspberry and blood orange flavors and a touch of rose pastille that gains strength with air. Closes with excellent clarity and cut, leaving suave floral and smoky mineral notes behind. I like the mix of power and finesse here."
95 Points "With the delicate color or a classic saignée Champagne, this has the powerful expression of a grand cru wine, performing beyond its premier cru status. The fragrant red fruit has rich succulence and a chalky undertow, along with a fierce acidity that needs time to temper in the bottle."
92 Points "Sleek and mouthwatering, with spice and sea salt notes underscoring flavors of white raspberry, biscuit, candied ginger and orange zest. Refined and racy. Drink now through 2023."
93 Points "Roederer's 2008 Brut Rosé captures the energy and tension of the year in its pure, mineral-inflected flavors, bright acidity and bracing minerality. A weightless, gracious wine, the 2008 Brut Rosé isn't an obvious wine, rather it is a Champagne that impresses with its exceptional balance and class. Readers who want to understand what makes 2008 such a compelling vintage in Champagne will want to check out the Brut Rosé. It is fabulous."
93 Points #99 of "Wine Enthusiast 100" Best of the Year; "A structured, crisp and mineral-driven wine, this merely hints at raspberry flavors but is dedicated to a steely character. That suggests youth, and the wine, with its tense texture, could well age over several more years. For now, this is an impressive wine that demands pairing with food."
93 Points "The impact of this rosé’s freshness is immediate in the color, a light, copper-tinged pink refinement. ...fragrant woodland strawberry flavor, or the massive streak of acidity that will appeal most to geeks who realize the extremity of the structure makes this an unbeatable match for a soupe de poisson, or the pink flesh of grilled langoustines."
93 Points "Finely knit, with a delicate bead and racy acidity framing subtle flavors of ripe cherry, spiced plum and pink grapefruit zest, with hints of brioche and date. This is very focused, yet elegant, with a minerally finish."
92 Points "Light orange-pink. Bright, energetic aromas of candied red fruits, orange zest and buttered toast, with a suave floral nuance gaining strength with air. Juicy, precise raspberry and cherry flavors show a light touch and are given spine by tangy acidity. Closes zesty and long, with lingering floral and spice notes."
92 Points "Roederer’s 2007 Brut Vintage Rose is surprisingly fruit driven and forward in this vintage, despite its mid-weight, gracious personality. Layers of rich, creamy fruit and a totally inviting finish. With time in the glass, the 2007 turns increasingly more delicate, but ultimately it remains a wine to enjoy young for its exceptional balance and sheer deliciousness."
94 Points "Very harmonious, with the finely detailed texture and delicate acidity providing a crystalline frame for notes of dried cherry, wild strawberry, light biscuit, lemon zest and spice. This is all about subtlety and grace."
94 Points "This is an intense rosé, pushing forward the pink fruit flavors, the rich texture and red berry fruits. Dry, still youthful, it has considerable acidity and a complex and concentrated mélange of flavors."
92 Points "The pale rose color parallels this wine's pinot noir undertone of roses and sweet raspberries. It's brisk and earthy, with friction between the youthful acidity and the fullness of its flavor. A sophisticated rosé..."
93 Points "The 2006 Brut Rose is flat-out delicious. It boasts gorgeous inner perfume, striking fruit and exceptional overall balance. This is a hugely delicious wine that at once shows the delicate and more powerful sides of Rose Champagne, if that makes sense. The wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but it also has more than enough richness to stand up to a range of foods. I loved it."
94 Points "Faint straw, salmon color; fresh, vibrant, red fruit, mineral aromas; ebullient on the palate; dry, fine acidity, well balanced; delicious red fruit flavors, tight and young in the finish."
91+ Points 91(+?) Points - "Pale orange color. Aromas of red currant, orange zest and anise, with high-pitched spice and floral notes adding complexity. Taut and mineral-driven, with bright red fruit flavors and notes of bitter orange, anise and white pepper. Juicy acidity provides energy and lift to the long, spicy finish."
93 Points "The 2005 Brut Rose is a gorgeous wine blessed with compelling inner perfume, layers of subtle yet expressive fruit and phenomenal balance. Clean, chalky notes frame a precise, crystalline finish. This mid-weight Champagne can be enjoyed on its own or with food."
93 Points "A lovely, generous rosé... It shows the kind of pure red fruit clarity that is rare in the vintage, along with complex hints of mushroom. Tangy acidity contrasts the wine’s full flavor, bringing it to a dry finish."
90 Points "A lively wine, with a raisin bread-like note to the ripe current, nut and whole-grain toast flavors. Fresh and vibrant, with a clean, floral finish."
90 Points "This pale pink rosé has scents of linden and a meaty, curry-like spice. Its earthy, stony flavor has heft and weight, cut by acidity with the sharpness of a shiso leaf."
95 Points "Roederer’s Brut Rosé, a maceration of unusually ripe, low-yielding pinot noir from Cumières blended with about 30 percent chardonnay, is consistently an exceptional rosé Champagne, perhaps the finest value in the house’s portfolio."
95 points "Intricate scents of herbs, roses and citrus blossoms start of delicate and build into the graceful flow of the wine, creating a beautiful presence on the palate. ...Delicious as a young wine, this will likely be at its best ten to 12 years from the vintage."
92 points "A pure, fresh line runs through this delicate rosé. It shows more white fruits than red, just hinting at red currants, but more of fresh white berries. There is just some hint of sweetness, more from the fruit of 2003 than from any extra dosage."
"The Louis Roederer Champagne house seems to be on a roll. Every one of their offerings is fantastic this year: ...Brut Rosé 2003..."
90 points "The color is a light tone of salmon. Layers of sweet perfumed fruit flow onto the palate effortlessly as this sexy, feminine wine opens up in the glass. This is a fairly accessible style of rose, but it has the signature Roederer finesse in spades."
"The 2002 Louis Roederer Vintage Rosé Champagne Brut...is drier and more delicate than Karen's pick, its California cousin. It is an elegant sparkler with an abundance of fine bubbles and a rich, creamy finish that underscored the salmon's silkiness."
"A Roederer Rose, whether made in France or in the winery's Anderson Valley property, is likely to be austere in style and crackling with fresh acidity."
3 stars (Excellent) "Pale pink hue with a terrific cornucopia of flavors: orange, peach and bitter almond are layered with smoke and stone."
93 points "A wine that manages to straddle the twin peaks of freshness and maturity with ease. There are plenty of crisp pink and white fruits, but also a layer of mature acidity that offers a more complex series of secondary flavors, spice, toast and some tannins."
91 points "The pale color shows this to be a tailored, but toned-down rose, a floral pinot noir with hints of wild strawberries tightly restrained by its structure. At first, the wine shows its underpinnings of oak. With air, the tang of limestone emerges along with fresh tangerine and lemon notes. Built for the cellar."
A Loving Toast to Rose Champagnes: "Salmon-colored, with aromas and flavors resembling raspberries, and a slightly nutty undertone, this would be an excellent partner for many seafood dishes."
Very Good / Deliciou "Best of tasting. Elegant and romantic, focused and pure, with beautifully integrated, toasty tastes and a fetching bit of creaminess on the finish."
91 Points "Tight, floral scents of fraise de bois introduce this ripe vintage, its racy spice and firm structure keeping the sweetness in check and giving the wine dimension. The mouth-watering balance would make this delicious with thinly sliced Wagyu beef."
89 points “High acidity shows both that is a young wine, and that 2000 is not a particularly ripe vintage. There is some attractive tannic structure here, but this will always be relatively austere wine.”
91 Points “Light gold. High-pitched white peach, jasmine and mineral aromas with a white pepper accent. Quite vibrant and taut, with tangy citrus and peach pit flavors joined by an exotic hint of saffron. Finishes with excellent focus and length and a light touch.”
92 points, Editors' “Beautiful pale onion skin color, with light aroma of strawberries. These simple initial attributes mask a much more complex wine. The fruit flavors are blended in with toast, with some wood and fresh, lifting acidity. A serious rose.”
Best Sparkling Wine "A rosé de saigneé, this is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir from Ay and Cumiéres and 30% Chardonnay from Avize. Following Cristal 1983 from magnums and served with filet de boeuf aux truffes chez Roederer in Reims, it was hard to imagine a more perfect Champagne Rosé."
92 Points "The pale peach-colored 1999 rosé offers delicate aromas of yeasty strawberries as well as a medium to full-bodied character that displays peach, pepper, and red currant flavors. Medium to full-bodied and well-focused, this is a rich, flavorful Rose that will work wonderfully with meals."
94 Points "Yeasty aromas of red berry, sweet brioche and biscuit have an oxidized nuance. Vibrant flavors of lemon, apple, sliced orange, brioche and flint. Lively layered close loaded with creamy fruit."
91 Points "Pale copper-pink. Fresh aromas of rose, floral honey, peach and nectarine, with subtle mineral and dusty talc notes. Rich and smooth, with good underlying structure. The dense, juicy peach flavor is complemented by an exotic cinnamon note and carries through the long, velvety finish."
Outstanding "Elegant mousse. Shy nose of strawberry, clove, brioche, hazelnut and chalk; pink grapefruit, apple, caramel and white pepper flavors; focused acidity and forever finish."
93 Points "Pale pumpkin hue with ribbons of pinpoint bubbles. Excellently integrated aromas of raspberry, citrus, pecan, caramel and malt. Wonderfully balanced flavors of apple, orange peel, flint, mixed grains and clotted cream. Ample citrus in the malty close."
94 Points "This rich wine is full of ripe white and citrus fruits that combine easily with the tangy, tight texture that comes from the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It is still young, the sort of wine that needs to age to bring out its full potential. Drink this very fine vintage from 2018."
92 Points "This elegant Champagne is bright, with well-cut acidity married to a fine and creamy mousse and flavors of currant, toast, smoke-tinged mineral, white cherry and mandarin orange peel, followed by a fresh, lingering finish."
94 Points “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.”
94 Points "After a cold and challenging summer, this wine ripened through the warm, sunny days and cold nights of September 200$, growing into an essential Champagne with cool earth tones, touches of sweetness and what feels like assertive grandeur. Some of our tasters found this 200$ mature inits scents of mushrooms and rye berries. To me, it carried a misty richness, a balance to its austere power and intensity that will yield pleasure for years to come."
94 Points "Roederer's 2008 vintage is all class and refinement with layered aromas from the get-go. Grilled nuts, lemon zest and pith plus subtle spiced, fresh bready notes - very youthful and fresh. The palate rolls out powerful and smooth lemon citrus flavors with some red berries building through the second phase. Contained, dry, succulent and a wonderful journey of texture here. Drink now or for more than five years. A great vintage for Roederer."
93 Points "Elegant and harmonious, with bright acidity enlivening the refined and creamy mousse and flavors of pastry, creamed pear, crushed blackberry, spun honey and slivered almond. A streak of chalky mineral resonates through the wine and lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2028."
92 Points "Pale yellow. Bright, mineral-accented aromas of candied orange and nectarine, complicated by an intense floral accent and a hint of ginger. Taut, penetrating orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors pick up spiciness with air and show very good depth. Finishes dry and stony, with excellent clarity and lingering mineral and floral notes. This impressively pure, balanced Champagne has the concentration to reward cellaring."
95 Points Cellar Selection "A deliciously ripe wine, full of fruit as well as a great mineral texture. It completely expresses the exceptional 2008 with all its structure. Still young, it's all fruit and freshness that promise serious bottle aging. Drink this complex, serious wine from 2017."
92 Points BEST BUY OF THE YEAR "A quiet and firm 2008, this is closed for now, hidden behind a wash of pale limestone and a seashell-like minerality. Hints of flowers come on on in the scent, while richness builds in the finish. Youthfully lean, this should open up with bottle age."
93 Points "The 2008 Brut races across the palate with gorgeous depth and resonance. Dried pear, spice, mint, anise and wild flowers meld together in the glass. Broad, ample and voluptuous, the 2008 possesses fabulous richness in all dimensions. Beams of acidity and minerality give the 2008 much of its energy and freshness, but the style is all about pure texture. 2015 - 2026."
92 Points "A mouthwatering version, with a creamy mousse and a tangy palate of ripe blackberry, lemon parfait, poached apricot and biscuit, underscored by a thread of smoky mineral and ground spice. Shows beautiful balance. Drink now through 2027."
94 Points "Pale golden in color, the Roederer 2007 Vintage Brut offers a classic and highly elegant as well as intense and complex bouquet of tea, fruit and floral aromas indicating freshly cracked wheat grain, malt, ripe and slightly cooked apples, lime peels, quince, oranges and roasted almonds. The palate is pure, fresh, mineral, highly elegant, very vinous, complex and persistent. The aging potential is excellent here. "
95 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "Roederer's exceptional farming comes through in 2007, ripening the fruit for this wine toward yellow apple, feeling fresh and persistent with a luscious, creamy intensity. Notes of cedar and linden add to the wine's perfume, but it's mostly about the grounded connection to the soil. Complete and complex, this may not be a long ager, but it's a pretty great 2007."
96 Points #9 Cellar Selection "While 2007 was not the greatest vintage, Roederer managed to produce one of the best wines of the year. It is a great blend of mature yellow fruits, with a pure line of tangy orange zest. Tightly textured, with bright acidity and steely minerality, it promises long aging."
94 Points "A polished Champagne, classic in its presentation of red fruit and chalk, all held in perfect balance, this is brisk, elegant tightly structured, a savory 2006 that will age with grace for ten years or longer."
94 Points #97 of WS Top 100 "Refined in texture and beautifully balanced, this well-meshed version is framed by mouthwatering acidity and enlivened by flavors of yellow apple, pear, black currant, lightly toasted almond, kumquat and zesty ground spice. Drink now through 2023."
93 Points "Light, bright yellow. Intensely perfumed bouquet of melon, pear, jasmine and iodine, with mineral and buttered toast accents. Deeply pitched, palate-staining orchard and pit fruit and lemon pith flavors are brightened by zesty acidity and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Powerful but lithe, finishing with excellent thrust and lingering floral and mineral qualities."
93 Points "The 2006 Brut Vintage literally jumps from the glass with rich layers of deep, resonant fruit. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2006 impresses for its sheer volume and size, but at the same time it retains the characteristic Roederer finesse. The elegant and sheer polish of the finish is more than enough to make it impossible to resist a second taste."
95 Points #29 Top 100 Cellar Selections -- "A superbly rich and creamy wine, powered by ripe Pinot Noir, with elegance and élan. The wine is concentrated, powerful, packed with intense white fruit flavors and citrus. Always at the back is the richness. For aging."
91 Points "The 2005 Brut Vintage blossoms on the palate with layers of deep, expressive fruit. The weight of the Pinot comes through loud and clear in this rich, textured Champagne. Ripe red berries, pears, hazelnuts and spices are some of the nuances that are layered into the rich, textured finish. This is another fabulous showing from Roederer."
95 Points "An open jazz riff on white limestone, this is so dry, austere and sumptuous that it defines umami. Cool, rich, mineral, mouthwatering. Pretty smart vintage Champagne: It's powerful in its flavor depth, though not as wildly powerful as Cristal."
"The 2004 is a classic example of this cuvée, with a racy structure and vividly expressive fruit character."
92 points "The bold fruit flavors make this a wine of primary colors for now, from peach to kiwi, grapefruit and strawberry. The fruit is fragrant and lush while the wine's acidity keeps it mouthwatering and completely dry. A zesty Champagne that's built to age..."
90 points "The 2004 Brut emerges from the glass with attractive layers of fruit that come together in a gorgeous expression of perfumed fruit. This silky, textured and totally finessed Champagne is another impeccable wine from Roederer."
93 Points "The quality of Roederer’s viticulture shows in the freshness of this 2003, capturing the generosity of the vintage without superripeness. It’s lively and firm, soft to the touch, with a flash of acidity that lengthens its red fruit flavors and lends it a warm glow. Open a bottle for the turkey this Thanksgiving."
93 points "What a creamy Champagne, its mousse bursting around the mouth. Impressively, all this creaminess is well balanced by full, dry fruits, flavors of pear and fresh bread and finished with crisp apples. This is not a wine for aging, but it is ready to go with many meals now."
"The Louis Roederer Champagne house seems to be on a roll. Every one of their offerings is fantastic this year:...the gorgeous Brut Vintage 2003..."
91 points "The 2003 Brut offers tons of harmony in a generous, inviting style. The ripe pear fruit is particularly succulent, but the wine also possesses more than enough minerality to provide balance. This medium-bodied wine closes with a long, clean finish that invites a second taste. It is a very strong 2003."
89 points "Round and lacy in texture, this citrus-tinged Champagne has vibrant acidity. Peach and leather notes add interest, and this finishes clean and crisp. Drink now through 2012."
94 points, Cellar Se "While 2000 was not a great vintage, Roederer manages to make a fine wine out of it: dry but ripe, crisp but also full-bodied, a pure line of green fruits open with a burst in the mouth. To finish, there are hints of things to come; age 5 years and more."
96 points "Sweet nose of caramel, light yeast and apple. Very creamy entry with meld of malty beer flavors and a nice integration of lemon-lime acidity. Focused with a ribbon and butter that linger throughout the spicy close."
91 points "This youthful wine is bright with fresh citrus scents. There's a plump, creamy lemon curd richness in the middle, turned sparkly by the effervescence to leave an impression that's clean, transparent and elegant."
90 Points "This is full, rich, smoky and sweet, a stylish Champagne that's still incipient in flavor development. Its firm, juicy fruit and acidiity lasts, with a lot of complexity waiting to happen."
90 points "Citrus, graphite and red berry aromas and flavors highlight this well-structured Champagne, with a firm, chalklike texture that leaves a tingly sensation on the finish. Tastes just a tad off-dry. Drink now through 2010." - B.S.
91 Points “Light gold. Ripe aromas of yellow plum, pear, apple, toffeed nuts and exotic orange peel. Round and juicy, with gentle acids framing the ripe pear, quince and apple flavors. A subtle note of sweet butter comes up with air, adding depth and an impression of lushness. Finishes with deep, persistent flavors of buttery orchard fruits.”
92 Points "Aromatically demure, the rich, full-bodied 1997 Brut is densely packed with ripe pears and apples as well as toast. This is an exceptionally vinous Champagne that could easily replace a white Burgundy in food pairings."
91 Points "A whiff of Sherry leads to complex scents of apple cider, baking spice, bread and white flowers. Mouthwatering flavors of apple, white peach, butter and red fruit. Long finish framed by grapefruit and straw."
93 Points "Broad and blond as a Valkyrie, this wine is filled with flavor detail, from raspberry essence to pear, floral scents and minerals. The length of flavor builds, a combination of richness and brightness to match roast sweetbreads."
95 Points "If you think Champagne is not just bubbles, but is also wine, then this vintage is for you. It is rounded, rich, powerful, with a fine sense of the red fruits of Pinot Noir. To add further flavors, there are almonds, creaminess and warmth. There is a touch of austere minerality from the low dosage and the lack of malolactic which means it will age well over 10 years of more."
Highly Recommended "Another Biscuity vintage Brut beauty from the outstanding 1996 Champagne vintage. Sure you can drink it now, but 2 to 3 years in cellar will do nothing but make it more buttery and creamy."
90+ Points "Complex nose hints at apple, clove, earth, curry powder, oyster shell and creamed corn. Full, strong and quite dry, with a subtle leesy aspect and hints of toast and hazelnut. This really expands in flavor toward the back, showing more density and concentration, and really sticking to the palate, on the finish."
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