Champagne Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Vintage
June 28, 2022, James Suckling
“Plenty of biscuit, pie crust, lemon pie, praline and hazelnut, as well as hints of toffee, cream and salted butter. Vibrant and sharp, but with lovely butter and brioche character and tight bubbles. So delicious. Wonderful balance of freshness and creaminess. Chardonnay from Avize. Drink or hold.”
November 15, 2021, Alison Napjus
“A graceful Champagne, with vivid acidity creating a mouthwatering frame for delicately-meshed flavors of ripe yellow plum and melon, preserved lemon and salty mineral. There's a light, creamy plushness to the mousse, carrying the flavor profile through to the well-cut, lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2029.”
View From the Cellar
November 2021, John Gilman
“The 2014 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésime is composed entirely from estate-owned vineyards in the grand cru village of Avize. One quarter of the vins clairs for this bottling were barrel-fermented and aged in cask, with none of the still wines going through malolactic fermentation. The wine spent five years aging sur latte and was finished with a dosage of eight grams per liter. It offers up a lovely and very refined nose of apple, pear, almond, chalky minerality, warm bread, a hint of buttery oak and a gentle floral topnote of white lilies. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and supremely elegant, with a lovely core of fruit, fine focus and bounce, refined mousse and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. Some vintages of Roederer’s Blanc de Blancs can start out life pretty tightly-wound structurally, but the 2014 is drinking beautifully from the outset, though of course, more layers of complexity will emerge with further bottle age. Fine, fine juice. 2021-2055+.”
The Wine Advocate
September 23, 2021, William Kelley
“Disgorged with just over seven grams per liter dosage, Roederer's 2014 Brut Blanc de Blancs is showing brilliantly, wafting from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, orchard fruit, freshly baked bread and white flowers, framed by subtly reductive top notes. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's pillowy and enveloping, with lively acids and a pearly, lower-pressure mousse, concluding with a long, chalky finish. Derived entirely from Avize, it's one of the great sleeper cuvées in contemporary Champagne.”
From 1830 onwards, the House of Louis Roederer acquired extensive knowledge of the Champagne terroirs, began experimenting with plot-by-plot vinification, and mastered the art of delicate effervescence. It is in the heart of the famous Côte des Blancs, specifically in the Grand Cru estate vineyards of Avize, where Louis Roederer sources its Chardonnay grapes. These grapes attain optimal maturity on the calcareous soils, enabling the House to produce taut, highly aromatic wines with ethereal finesse.
The Blanc de Blancs 2014 cuvée was drawn off at low pressure in order to create a rounder and smoother effervescence. 23% of the wine was vinified in oak casks. Bottle-aged for 5 years and then left to rest for a further 8 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity. The dosage is 8 g/l.
Bright golden hue flecked with green. Slow, gentle and steady bubbles. Very pure, delicate and ethereal bouquet. Delicate hints of flowers (honeysuckle, jasmine), ripe, fine and almost roasted citrus fruit (citron). These are followed by iodized, sea-breeze aromas, combined with the warm, sweet notes of freshly-baked pastries. After a fresh, energetic entry to the palate, the wine is dense, delicately zesty and invigorating. A predominantly saline character overlays flavours of citrus fruit (orange), harvest (almond, wheat) and Madagascan vanilla. The soft, melting bubbles give way to a limestone freshness, revealing an end-palate that seems light and powdery at first, but which surprises us with a real acceleration on the finish created by its elegant tannins and roasted spices.
A "weather waltz", and one with clear, sharp contrasts! The spring was sunny and dry and ended with a heatwave in June; summer was autumnal, cool and rainy; September was hot, sunny and very dry… weather we would usually associate with the month of August. The 'key' to the vintage lay in the soils as well as in the work carried out by the winegrowers. The good drainage properties of the chalk on the lower-middle part of the hillside helped us greatly by allowing the excess water from the summer to drain away which limited any excess vigour in the vines. These factors were complemented by our increasingly eco-friendly viticultural practices which allow us to take our quest for grapes of perfect balance and maturity even further.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 8 g/L