Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier
September 5, 2018, James Suckling
“The nose is super fresh and has plenty of ripe strawberries, along with lemons and grapefruit. The palate has a tense, fresh, mineral-salt core and then layers of fleshier, supple fruit. All you want in a great NV! This is 75 per cent from the cooler 2013 harvest, the balance made up of reserve wines, ten per cent of which is much older material. Drink or hold.”
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June 29, 2018, Stephan Reinhardt
“Based on the 2013 vintage (75%) and complemented with 25% reserve wines going back to 2006, Roederer's NV Brut Premier (2013) has a straw yellow color and offers lovely intensity and finesse on the nose, displaying brioche and honey notes along with ripe white fruit and flowery aromas. Round and fresh on the beautifully balanced palate and with a refreshing citrus flavor in the clear, crisp and pure finish, this is a very elegant, vital and stimulating cuvée made of 35% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Meunier. According to Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, 2013 was a very good vintage for Pinot Noir. "2013 was a late harvest. We picked the grapes only in October," explained Lécaillon, who used 55% own grapes for the Brut Premier. "In wet years, the percentage of Meunier is always higher because Meunier doesn't need to be super ripe. I am happy with 9.5% alcohol here because I need the clear and crisp freshness to balance the vinosity of Pinot." It is the wine of the purchased, less ripe grapes from the Marne Valley that undergoes the process of malolactic fermentation (in total: 40%), Lécaillon said, and he never sends Chardonnay into the second (malolactic) fermentation in order to avoid the butterscotch flavors. To make a long story short: Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic aperitif and gastronomic wine that can be served everywhere and anytime. Tasted in Reims in May 2018.”
November 15, 2017, Alison Napjus
“An elegant Champagne in an aperitif style, with flavors of crushed blackberry, biscuit, spring blossom and Meyer lemon zest riding the finely detailed bead, underscored by a streak of salinity that emerges on the fresh finish.”
December 1, 2016, Roger Voss
“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.”
Since Champagne Louis Roederer‘s founding in 1776, the House has been synonymous with the world‘s greatest champagnes. The upheavals of the start of the twentieth century, in particular the First World War that destroyed more than half of the Louis Roederer estate, led Léon Olry Roederer to reconstruct his vineyard. He decided to buy in grapes to ensure continuity during the period of crisis. In doing so, he created a wine of several vintages with a constant taste whatever the year of harvesting. Today, this wine is Brut Premier! The wines are kept a minimum of three years on the lees for the multi-vintage Brut Premier.
Brut Premier uses all three Champagne grape varieties from more than 40 different plots. 40% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay, 20% pinot meunier - 5% of wines are matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage and 10% of reserve wines are matured in casks. Partial malolactic fermentation. The wine is an assemblage of six years of harvesting, a part of which comes from the Louis Roederer reserve wine collection, matured in oak casks for several years. It is matured for three years in the cellar and rested for six months after disgorgement to perfect maturity. Dosage of between 10 and 11 g/L is adapted to each vintage.
Delicate and elegant. Its reserve wines bring rich round flavors that make it vibrant, fresh and generous. From the outset, Brut Premier affirms its personality and seduction: the texture is full and generous and, in a fairly unexpected way, integrates characteristics of maturity associated with fruitier and more refreshing notes. The wine has a fresh festive finesse. In the mouth, the wine has structure, richness and length. It is a full, complex wine that is both modern and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.
Brut Premier can be served for many occasions. It is ideal as an aperitif, thanks to its freshness and finesse, and as a splendid accompaniment to fine cuisine, thanks to its structure. Brut Premier pairs beautifully with langoustines or shellfish, honey and brioche, liver and white fruit (peaches and mirabelles), as well as terrine of foie gras with almond jelly.
Varietals: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
Wine Alcohol: 12%
Dosage: Between 9 and 11 g/L is adapted to each vintage
Aging: Average period of three years
Suggested Retail Price: $53.99