In a nutshell: A luxuriously complex and subtly spicy vintage pink champagne.
The lowdown: The summery bouquet shows exceptional intensity and freshness with its aromas of ripe, juicy stone fruit complemented by zesty redcurrant and citrus notes. The palate is soft, juicy, and concentrated on entry and then quickly shows a chalky, saline freshness that structures the wine and lends it a voluptuous yet delicate mouthfeel. The soft, delicate bubbles coat the palate and impart a velvety texture, with a seemingly never-ending finish.
Champagne Louis Roederer was established in 1776 and remains under the ownership of the Rouzaud family to this day. With over 240ha of vineyards located exclusively in Grands and Premiers Crus villages, which contribute their productions to approximately 70% of their non-vintage wines and 100% of their vintage wines. Pioneers in sustainable farming, Louis Roederer use organic practices in their vineyards, and are certified organic in 115ha, with the remainder of the estate in conversion. The house makes a range of champagne styles, all following to guideline of elegant and refreshing yet with an impressive depth of flavour.
When to drink: Seriously good and a joy to drink. Good with salmon, or tuna, lamb, or feathered game.
Undoubtedly one of the great Champagne houses, Louis Roederer was established in 1776 and remains under family ownership with current CEO Frédéric Rouzaud representing the 7th generation of the Roederer family. With over 240 hectares of their own vineyards which are located exclusively in Grands and Premiers Crus villages around 70% of their non-vintage and all of their vintage Champagnes come from their own sites - quite a higher proportion than commonly seen. The Chef de Cave is Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon who was appointed to the position back in 1999.
Since around the turn of the century they've been actively practising organic and biodynamic viticulture across 82 hectares of their sites and currently have one of the largest landholding of such vineyards in the region. Gaining certification for this is not the goal, the objective is simply to enhance the aim of continuously striving to improve the overall quality.
Their most famous cuvée 'Cristal' is possibly the ultimate luxury Champagne of all. lt was first created for Tsar Alexander II of Russia in 1876 with an iconic bottle design with a flat base and made from clear crystal. The distinctive wrapper is there to protect the wine from ultraviolet light. Only produced in selected years, the blend is usually 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from only the best rated sites of Champagne Louis Roederers vineyards.