An elegant, vibrant and generous Louis Roederer Champagne
The Louis Roederer Brut Premier is a non-vintage Champagne that Léon Olry Roederer created at the beginning of the 20th century. The champagne perfectly expresses the House style no matter which year of the harvest. The Louis Roederer Brut Premier is from six different harvests and consists of a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, all of the symbolic grapes from the Champagne region. This includes 5% of the blend that has been vinified in oak barrels with 10% reserve wines aged in oak.
At tasting, the Louis Roederer Brut Premier is an elegant champagne with vibrant and generous flavours. It is full-bodied and fleshy with lovely viscosity and ageing, all of which give it an overall fruity and refreshing character. The persistent finish has a never-ending effervescence and festive personality.
The aromas and flavours described in this tasting note are applicable only for the year in which the wine was tasted. The wine is likely to further develop in bottle during its lifetime, thus changing some of its organoleptic qualities.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic and blends about 40% Pinot Noir (from Bouzy and Ambonnay), with 20-25% Meunier (whose share is declining in this blend) and Chardonnay. Two-thirds of the grapes come from estate vineyards, one-third is purchased. (Mind you that all the other Roederer cuvées are sourced exclusively form their own vineyards!) The newest release of the Premier is based on 75% 2009 and 25% reserve wines, which are, since 1996, single vintage wines aged in large oak casks between 6,000 and 10,000 liters. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon holds 160 vats of reserve wines that are stored blank, so without lees, which otherwise would dominate the taste, says Lécaillon. I don't like the reductive yeast flavors. Instead I am searching for a slightly oxidative and oaky style in my reserve wine. Lécaillon's youngest Premier did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine opens very bright, precise and refined, with toasty and white chocolate flavors. Absolutely delicate and elegant on the palate, this is a light, silky textured and remarkably finesse-full Champagne that is fresh on the palate, thanks to its structure and slightly oaky flavors. Excellent.