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Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
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Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne NV

Champagne, FranceRoederer is an amazing accomplishment: progressive, classic, innovative and traditional, with very high quality on a very large scale. This is the largest independent, family-owned and managed house (founded in 1776), managing more than 235ha of prime vineyards which supply 75 percent of its needs. Of that, more than two-thirds are Grand Cru fruit. Their vintage wines are from their estate properties, and this flagship Brut Premier NV (also, their entry level) is also primarily estate fruit. This is a 35/38/28 mix of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, incorporating 25 percent reserve wines dating back to 2006. Said reserve wines rest in oak casks for 2-8 years before incorporation into the blends, one of the keys to the house style. This spends three years on the lees, and undergoes 40 percent MLF (but never MLF for Chardonnay). You can use the code on the back of the label to look up the dates on your particular bottle. Mine was based on 2013, bottled in 2014, and disgorged in 2017. Elegant, as ever, with toasted hazelnuts, brioche, Meyer lemon pith, salted lemon peel and an upright backbone of acidity that runs the long length of the palate. This lingers with an alluring shimmer, welcoming glass after glass, solo or with food. Legendary NV for a reason.Tasted: 01 November 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 72.99 BCLS MB 70.00 ON 66.95 LCBO QC 70.00 SAQ NF 79.20 Producer: Champagne Louis RoedererDistributors: Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 268771UPC: 3114080016053