2009 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Champagne (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grape Varietal: Sparkling
Review Score: 95W&S, 94WA, 94WE, 94JS
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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From Roederer’s grand cru vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant, this is a chardonnay that’s both ample in its flavor and quiet in its delivery. Broadened by long aging on the lees, almost tropical in its ripeness, this wine’s firm underlying acidity presents all the flavor with clarity, rising toward mineral notes in the finish. One taster suggested that it is rich enough to serve with foie gras on toast with plum jam.

95 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2015)

The 2009 Blanc de Blancs Vintage is mainly from Avize (80%), but chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is aiming for 100% due to the forward pushed ripeness of Chardonnay. The wine offers a deep, intense and very elegant nose of ripe, but nobly discreet Chardonnay on chalk flavors, which are repeated on the palate. Think of white fruits, flowers and blossoms, hazelnuts, brioche and almonds - and you are almost there. The 2009 offers a mouthful of round, rich and very elegant, precisely defined Chardonnay that shows a lovely freshness and purity in the finish. The wine is silky, vinous and very long, and reveals an endless elegance. No malolactic fermentation, but a remarkably chiseled acidity.

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

This is a beautiful wine, so crisp, taut and refreshing. It brings out the fragrance and freshness of the chalk vineyards of the Côte de Blancs, fruity with apples and citrus. Still young although already balanced, the wine will age for several years and will be ready to drink from 2018.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2015)

This is from pure chalk terroir, and there are some very fine minerals at the core. it shows expansive gentle flesh and then a helping of long, sapid saline characters. The nose also has some gently toasty lemon rind and zesty grapefruit, subtle spices and lemon blossom. We are at 4 atmospheres here, and it shows as this is very strong and incredibly fresh. There are toasty moments on the palate, too, ripe tannins, ripe grapefruit and hints of peach sorbet. The wine feels relaxed and in excellent balance. It all culminates in a delicious grapefruit finish. Drink now and through to 2020+.

94 points, James Suckling (Oct 2016)