Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Nature
Vintage: 2009 (Current)
August 23, 2017, Alison Napjus
“Like a racehorse at the gate, this is full of power and energy, and the firm, minerally frame finds its stride thanks to the cloak of fine and creamy mousse carrying flavors of crunchy white peach and pear fruit, grated ginger and pink grapefruit zest.”
Wine & Spirits
December 1, 2016, Joshua Greene
“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.”
It all began in 2003, an exceptionally sunny year, when it was revealed that certain vineyards had remarkable potential in the heart of the historic Champagne hillsides on the Louis Roederer estate. Located in the heart of the calcareous clay soil hillsides of Cumières, Hautvillers, and Vertus, which are rich in hard, coarse sandstone, this ensemble of parcels had no difficulty in resisting the heat and drought of summer 2003. Better still, the vineyards produced aromatic, intense, and balanced grapes. The resulting wines, which were vinified separately, parcel by parcel, are characterized by an optimal aromatic maturity, a creamy texture, and a vibrant freshness.
The second opus of Brut Nature is the perfect representation of a modern, ripe and ready-to-drink champagne with a fresh, pure, almost abstract style and remarkable precision. The collaboration between Frédéric Rouzaud and Philippe Starck encouraged the Louis Roederer team to be innovative: the wine was developed through discussions, words that conjure up images, ideas and concepts in a quest for the ideal champagne. Translating these discussions and words into the reality of grape cultivation and the development of the wine was a fundamental step in creating this cuvée, which continues to evolve quite naturally in complete freedom as part of a process of contemporary creation... in a perpetual quest for perfection.
The grapes are grown exclusively in the Côteaux de Cumières. Brut Nature 2009 is aged for 5 years in the cellars and left for a minimum of 6 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity. The Cumières terroir produces intense pinot noir with great vinosity (without malolactic fermentation) and slightly spicy notes characteristic of this village. Because of the exceptional maturity, no dosage was added to this cuvée. Complemented by some chardonnays, this cuvée is ample, elegant, and extremely pure; the wine's smooth and velvety structure is combined with the remarkable freshness and fruitiness of the grapes that are characteristic of Louis Roederer‘s champagnes. This south-facing calcareous clay terroir also benefits from the reflected light from the Marne River. This exceptional location produces precocious and sweet wines. Once known as 'river wines', these white wines – with their slight Burgundian accents – established the region's reputation for fine wines well before the production of champagne became the regional specialty.
Yellow in color with glints of light amber. Discreet and extremely fine bubbles. Intense bouquet combining sweet flowers, yellow fruits, and lightly roasted dried nuts. Evolves towards spicy and citrus notes with a hint of Sancho pepper as well as soft, sweet, ripe notes of chestnut cream. Ample and light on entry to the palate. Ample, thanks to its sweet, creamy, almost spherical texture that seductively wraps around the mouth, coating the palate; light, due to its elegant, saline freshness that "stretches" the wine giving it a smooth, delicate and airy mouthfeel. Juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit gently caress the palate. An elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes linger on the finish.
The suggested serving temperature is 55°F.
A continental, sunny year with a real winter that was very cold and dry followed by a glorious sun-filled summer and almost no rain in August and September. All this meant traditional vine growth, excellent health and remarkable grape ripeness for the production of dense, fruity and delicious wines.
Varietals: 2/3 Pinot Noir and Meunier, 1/3 Chardonnay
Suggested Retail Price: $89.00