Champagne Louis Roederer Carte Blanche
December 1, 2015, Roger Voss
“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.”
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90 Points, Year’s Best Champagne
December 1, 2015, Joshua Greene
“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.”
November 30, 2015, Antonio Galloni
“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.”
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 purchase grapes to ensure continuity during periods of crisis. In doing so, he created Carte Blanche, a blend of several vintages with a constant taste whatever the year of harvesting.
Carte Blanche uses all three Champagne grape varieties: 40% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay, 20% pinot meunier. 5% of the wines are matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage, and 10% of reserve wines are matured in casks. There is partial malolactic fermentation. The grapes come from more than 40 different plots. The wine is an assemblage of six years of harvesting, part of which comes from Louis Roederer's own reserve wines, 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 is 38 g/L, making Carte Blanche a champagne demi-sec.
Rich, creamy and full, balanced with fine acidity. Carte Blanche offers intense floral tones, notes of ripe sweet fruits (caramelized apple), and warm almond cream (frangipane). The dosage adds a rich, creamy texture with great length but without being heavy. The freshness of the wine supports this length bringing a well-balanced and highly persistent wine.
This wine is a wonderful accompaniment to custards and desserts made with honey or almond paste.
Varietals: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
Wine Alcohol: 12%
Dosage: 38 g/l
Aging: Approximately three years
Suggested Retail Price: $53.99