A top class vintage Brut Champagne from Louis Roederer, one of the Grand Marque Champagne Houses.
2012 was a challenging growing year, with early frost, hail and very dry weather effecting parts of the region. Nevertheless, difficult years have often produced some of the very finest wines, and this was the case with 2012. The year was declared a vintage by many houses. In particular, Pinot Noir was said to have a truly terrific year, with some growers saying the grapes were the highest quality they had been since 1952. Some wine-makers have suggested that 2012 has the potential to outstrip the legendary 1996 Champagne vintage, considered by many to be the finest of the last 50 years.
The quality of Pinot Noir in this year is of especial importance to Louis Roederer, as the Domaine specialises in this delicate grape. Indeed, this wine has been made with 70% Pinot Noir, and 30% Chardonnay. 90% of the grapes have been taken from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards from the Roederer estate.
37% of the wine was vinified in traditional oak tuns, stirred once a week by hand. The wine was aged on lees in the cellars for four years, and then left for a further six months after dégorgement, producing a complex and well matured Champagne. Dosed to 9 grams per litre.
The result is a sophisticated and delectable Champagne, that pours a soft amber colour, with a big, soft mousse and a fine sparkle. The wine has a floral bouquet, with a citrussy palate, accompanied by a subtle nuttiness, touches of minerality and flint, a little woodsmoke and acidic white fruits.
A superb vintage Champagne that is ready to drink now, but will also age well. Pair with white chocolate desserts or mild cheese.