Louis Roederer is a Champagne house located in Reims. It is one of the biggest family owned Maisons still in Champagne, with an annual sales total of 3.5 million bottles per year.
Established in 1776, Louis Roederer’s focus was on the viticultural base on which his wines were created. Rather than purchase grapes from growers, the Roederer clan carefully grew their own, with emphasis on soil quality to produce quality grapes.
This ethos continues to this day, with Roederer being one of the few houses that utilises biodynamic practices as much as possible – which is notable for manufacturing on it’s scale.
It’s flagship offering; Louis Roederer Cristal, is recognised as one of the most esteemed premium cuvee’s available, and it’s Brut Nature’s are also gaining popularity.
Here we look at it’s entry level Brut Premier NV. How does it fare?
From: Reims, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$75 a bottle available from most Bottle Stores
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (40/40/20) with 10-11 g/l dosage
Aging: 3 Years, plus 6 months settling after disgorgement
Sipped: Early January 2017
In the Glass:
Look: Roederer Brut Premier presents with a slightly caramelised golden hue, with a lovely fine bead.
Smell: This Roederer has a nice nose of sweet fruits, slight honey and only very light yeast tones
Taste: Brut Premier arrives with a sugary sweet introduction with strong lemon presence, before mellowing out to notes of ripe pear, ripe apples, subtle grapefruit and spice.
It shows its chardonnay loading of 40% by being quite dry but well balanced acidity wise, with some sourness. The aftertaste is nice, but is only slightly yeasty.
Notes: You can also identify the disgorgement date by using their website here, and entering your bottle code.
Party Potential: Roderer fits into the same class as Billecart, Bollinger and Pol Roger – excellent quality wine but a touch too expensive for mass purchases. Only buy in bulk if you are discerning. For BYO, Roederer is unquestionably capable.
As a Gift: Louis Roederer acts as a nice, thoughtful gift by virtue of the house and the wines quality. A bit above the norm – save it for someone you know well.
At Home: I would save Roederer for a little gathering of good friends. Crack out some oysters and lounge about before dinner.
Matching: This Roederer and oysters are very well matched – Champagne and oysters in generally always are!
Score & Verdict:
Still lives with their family – albeit on their massive estate. Is a bit of a naturalist. Doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty in the sake of perfection. But all these quirks make up one exciting package – and worthy of your time.
At $75 I feel it is decent value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Celebrated an anniversary with it!
How did you drink it?
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