Louis Roederer Brut 2009 Vintage Champagne
A ravishing bouquet: complex, generous and deep, dominated by red fruits (raspberry) and orchard fruits (nectarines, golden plums), a certain smokiness (hazelnuts and toasted almonds) and a hint of sun-warmed pebbles.
The immediate impression is velvety, creamy and elegant on the palate with a mineral freshness and vertical structure very typical of Pinots noirs from Verzenay. A deep, robust and complex juice where the fruit’s sun-drenched richness is counterbalanced by the salty freshness of the terroir.
The ageing potential for this fabulous year 2009 is very high.
Blend: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
"A set of more north-facing vineyards here deliver a more restrained, mineral and compact pinot noir. Nevertheless, the nose has terrific ripe-fruit expression (a warmer vintage), and the oak fermentation (30%) works well to wrap the exuberant fruit into the mix of more mineral characters. The palate has plenty of lemon and grapefruit citrus, lemon zest and honey. This has done no malolactic and really delivers on the finish. Wonderfully clean, balanced and layered. Drinking well now but age through to 2025 with confidence for a more savory style."- James Suckling