A terrific, single vintage Rosé from Louis Roederer.
Louis Roederer was established in 1776, and remains family owned (now in its seventh generation). The Champagne House draws over 80% of its grapes from its own vineyard holdings, which cover 444 acres.
2013 was a challenging year for growers, with late harvest and cold spring, but a smaller yield did lead to more flavoursome grapes. Chardonnay in particular enjoyed a good year, and this grape makes up 37% of this wine, with the remaining 63% from Pinot Noir. 20% of the Chardonnay in this blend has been matured in oak vats, producing a great depth of flavour.
This wine is made with the saignée or “bled” method, in which the Pinot Noir grapes are macerated with their skins, producing a flavoursome and deeply coloured wine.
The Champagne serves up notes of fresh, clean flowers, raisins, redcurrants, yeasty bread, slight oak, raspberries and vanilla. The wine has a lively bubble, and a ruby orange colour.
An excellent pairing for shellfish and chicken dishes.