Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier (Four Seasons Label) (750ml)

Sparkling from Champagne, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Roederer – founded in 1776 in Reims – is one of the rare family owned companies in Champagne. Galloni – phenomenal Champagne critic – shares my view of this important house: "Roederer is one of my favorite Champagne houses. Every wine that emerges from this cellar in Reims is impeccable." From the delicate Brut Rosé to their dazzling Cristal, Roederer remains true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Their Brut Premier – their original "house" Champagne – is a cornerstone for the estate, having survived even the upheavals of the early 1900s. The predecessor of today's Brut Premier was so important to Léon Olry Roederer that when the family's property was destroyed during World War I, he sourced grapes from every corner of the region to ensure continuity. Today, Roederer owns close to 600 acres and a staggering 410 individual parcels, each managed and harvested independently. Their long-held key to success is land ownership, and this philosophy was born from a desire to preserve the consistency of Léon Olry's "house" Champagne. Stock up. You can never have too much of such a "gorgeous" thing.

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Finely knit and elegant overall, this vivacious Champagne is creamy and satiny in texture, with layers of yellow plum, chalk, toast, glazed apricot and lemon curd. Offers a lingering, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 20,750 cases imported.

92 points, Wine Spectator (Nov 2015)

To judge by the cork, this bottling has some age, giving it a toasty as well as fruity character that adds complexity to this baked-apple and citrus-flavored wine. It also means that it needs no further aging and is delicious to drink now.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2015)

Beautifully composed reduction across lemon citrus, white peach, cherries and deeper, more savory notes of spice and grilled nuts; fresh and complex at once. The palate's assertively flavored, yet runs on a smooth and fine textural thread. Acidity is paramount, redder fruits hold court here. Great balance and depth. Drink now.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2015)

Pale gold. Spice- and mineral-accented orchard and pit fruits on the intensely perfumed nose, with hints of toasty lees and brioche adding complexity. Sappy, penetrating and floral on the palate, offering juicy Meyer lemon, pear and melon flavors braced by a smoky mineral underpinning. Closes spicy and very long, leaving a sexy honeysuckle note behind.

91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2015)

Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic and blends about 40% Pinot Noir (from Bouzy and Ambonnay), with 20-25% Meunier (whose share is declining in this blend) and Chardonnay. Two-thirds of the grapes come from estate vineyards, one-third is purchased. (Mind you that all the other Roederer cuvées are sourced exclusively form their own vineyards!) The newest release of the Premier is based on 75% 2009 and 25% reserve wines, which are, since 1996, single vintage wines aged in large oak casks between 6,000 and 10,000 liters. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon holds 160 vats of reserve wines that are stored blank, so without lees, which otherwise would dominate the taste, says Lécaillon. "I don't like the reductive yeast flavors. Instead I am searching for a slightly oxidative and oaky style in my reserve wine." Lécaillon's youngest Premier did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine opens very bright, precise and refined, with toasty and white chocolate flavors. Absolutely delicate and elegant on the palate, this is a light, silky textured and remarkably finesse-full Champagne that is fresh on the palate, thanks to its structure and slightly oaky flavors. Excellent.

90 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
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