Louis Roederer, a wonderful family-owned Champagne House founded in 1776, has a tremendous reputation for quality. In 1876 the House created the now famous Cristal, at the request of Alexander II. This once intensely sweet wine is now one of the most luscious, deeply flavoured Champagnes available. The Louis Roederer House has remained an independent, family-owned company and is now managed by Frédéric Rouzaud, who represents the seventh generation of the lineage. 80% of the firm's needs are supplied by their own, magnificent, 444 acres of vineyard holdings.
A yellow-gold colour with mat and amber tints. Persistent, brilliant, fine and lively bubbles. A subtle bouquet, simultaneously discreet and concentrated. It releases notes of citrus compote and candied apricots and evokes the sweetness of honeysuckle. When aerated, notes of vanilla-edged cocoa bean emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon. The palate is structured, energetic and sculpted. An initial dense, ripe and silky sensation is amplified by the discovery of a chalky, cherry freshness, a powdered, almost mentholated brightness.
This is from Roederer’s Grand Cru sites with the most chalky terroir. This “solar” vintage produced very ripe fruit which translates to big concentration of red and green apple fruit, beautifully framed by the rich, biscuity, autolytic notes. Unusually Roederer decided to release the 2009 prior to the 2008 vintage as it is more generous and approachable now. Indeed the wine is drinking very well now although it has a long life ahead of it. Enjoy with cod slow-cooked in butter, fruits de mer or caviar for ultimate decadence.
- 97 points - Wine Enthusiast
- 96 points - Robert Parker
- 95 points - Wine Spectator
|Cultivar||60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay|
|Alcohol content||12% abv|
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9 units|
|Cellaring Potential||20 years +
|Food Matches||Caviar, Seafood, Soft cheese, white fish and dessert|
|Origin||Champagne - France|