2009 Louis Roederer Brut, Champagne (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grape Varietal: Sparkling
Review Score: 94WE, 94JS, 93V, 93W&S, 92WS

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This rich wine is full of ripe white and citrus fruits that combine easily with the tangy, tight texture that comes from the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It is still young, the sort of wine that needs to age to bring out its full potential. Drink this very fine vintage from 2018.

94 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2016)

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.

94 points, James Suckling (Oct 2016)

All of the natural richness and raciness of the year comes through in Roederer's 2009 Brut Vintage. Creamy, ample and generous, the 2009 radiates with Pinot character. Dried pear, hazelnut, spice and anise add layers of nuance to this super-expressive and highly pleasurable Champagne. All the elements are simply in harmony.

93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec 2017)

Ripe and supple, this wine’s structure is muscular and its acidity youthfully abrasive. As it settles with air, the wine’s scents of red fruit and roses take on a quiet elegance. A bold 2009, this needs a few years in the cellar to mellow.

93 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2017)

This elegant Champagne is bright, with well-cut acidity married to a fine and creamy mousse and flavors of currant, toast, smoke-tinged mineral, white cherry and mandarin orange peel, followed by a fresh, lingering finish. Drink now through 2027. 226 cases imported.

92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov 2016)