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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Champagnetext

Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Champagne 2012

Champagne, FranceFrost, hail, and disease left the Champenois with a small crop in 2012, but what was left turned out to be terrific in the end. I like the idiosyncrasies of every vintage champagne because each tells a story of one year at a time on the property. At Louis Roederer, the grapes' blend is a 75/25 mix of pinot noir and chardonnay where the pinot noir comes from the Montagne de Reims. A high percentage of pinot allows for more refinement through ageing in oak foudres. The nose is bright but subtle, with light lemon supporting smoky, mineral notes, and lightly toasted almonds. In all, it ages on lees for 48 months, followed by a minimum six months' bottle age after disgorgement. The palate is rich with honeyed cashews and creamy textures that remain lively thanks to a persistent fine mousse through the end. It is only beginning to emerge and will pour well through the 2020s. Well done and fine value.Tasted: 30 October 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
Producer: Champagne Louis RoedererDistributors: Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants
Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 214098UPC: 3114080025055