Champagne Louis Roederer Camille Charmont
November 2022, Antonio Galloni
“The 2019 Hommage a Camille (Mareuil-sur-Ay) is terrific. Bright and effusive, with gorgeous fruit purity, the 2019 dazzles from the start. Clean mineral notes frame a core of bright red cherry fruit. A whole range of earthy and savory undertones typical of Mareuil add layers of complicating nuance. I love the precision here. The 2019 is a gorgeous wine in every way.”
June 28, 2022, James Suckling
“Such a seductively perfumed nose of lavender, cloves, musk, raspberries, dried cherries, pine cones and wild herbs. Some caramel and toffee, too. Supple, silky and polished. Medium body with sleek, fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Beautiful sweet-spice notes from 12 months in new barrels. Pinot noir from Mareuil-sur-Ay. 1,222 bottles made. Even better from 2024.”
May 2, 2022, Jancis Robinson
“Quite a deep garnet. Rather attractive savoury nose – less sweet than the 2018 (that was 13% alcohol). There's even a light mineral note. Good acidity. Doesn't taste like the product of a hot vintage. Appetising and quite sophisticated. Tannins still there which promises for the future though it's not desperately persistent at the moment. This red version didn't last as well as the white in an opened bottle over 24 hours.”
Named after one of the most remarkable figures in the history of Champagne Louis Roederer, Camille Charmont allows wine enthusiasts to discover another facet of the unique winemaking expertise of this family-owned House, today headed by Frédéric Rouzaud, Camille Olry-Roederer's great-grandson.
A resourceful widow at the helm of Louis Roederer from 1932 to 1975, Camille brought the House into the modern world as she successfully steered the it through all the important events of that time. Camille, the widow of Léon Olry-Roederer, gave the House a new energy and direction, acting as its most brilliant ambassador. She enjoyed inviting her most loyal customers to dine with her, not only to unveil her latest champagnes but to surprise them… toying with codes and conventions, she used to serve the multi-vintage brut at the apéritif and some still wines from Roederer’s finest vineyards with the meal. Her guests were amazed by these still wines from Avize or Cumières and she was delighted to have found an original way to showcase Roederer’s quality and success.
Behind the creation of Camille, we find the natural, virtuous viticulture that has been practiced by the House for over 20 years, but here we see it taken in a new direction, daring to break with Champagne tradition through the absence of bubbles. It allows Louis Roederer to take what Nature has offered and render it even more beautiful, revealing another facet of the Champagne terroirs.
Sourced from a 1.06-acre plot in the Charmont lieut-dit (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ), the Pinot Noir grapes are sorted three times and separated according to the ripeness of their stalks. 30% whole clusters are vatted immediately and the rest of the fruit is then added. The grapes are simply left to infuse with very little interference in order not to hurry the juices—the maceration lasts about two weeks. The juices are then transferred to French oak barrels (47% new, 29% one-year old, 24% two-year old) where they will continue to integrate and become more refined over 14 months. A total of 1,222 bottles were produced.
Pinot noir bouquet, red fruit (wild strawberries, redcurrants) combined with floral, spicy notes, liquorice and fresh pepper created by the whole stems. The nose is complex and deeply perfumed. Velvety-soft, delicate and delectable on entry to the palate. Intricate and sweet tannins. The ageing in oak is seamless and perfectly incorporated into a soft, delicate sweetness. The Champagne region's cool climate is apparent mid-palate, adding lightness and scented fragrances. This reinforces the impression of delicacy and freshness without diminishing the concentration and the silky tannic structure that lengthens the finish.
2019 is a unique vintage born from a year that enjoyed a great deal of sunshine but also some very bad weather conditions, constantly yo-yo-ing from one extreme to another! Mother Nature has once again shown us that she is in control...but the strength and resilience of the Louis Roederer terroirs and its growing practices were able to adapt to the challenging conditions. In the end, the 2019 grape juices showed a combination of quality, maturity and concentration...There is only one word to describe this vintage: outstanding!
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Alcohol: 12.9%
Harvest Start Date: September 18, 2019
Bottling Date: November 10, 2020