N.V. Louis Roederer, Brut Premier (6 x Bottle)

France Champagne

Golden colour with fine bubbles, this has a wonderful toasty nose with a touch of almonds. The palate is full and satisfying. This is a class act.

£46.95 Bottle
£218.00 per case (6 x Bottle)

N.V. Louis Roederer, Brut Premier (6 x Bottle)

Golden colour with fine bubbles, this has a wonderful toasty nose with a touch of almonds. The palate is full and satisfying. This is a class act.

France Champagne
Producer Louis Roederer
Region Champagne
Country France
Grape Variety Champagne Blend
Vintage N.V.
Colour White
ABV 12.00%
Style Full, Brut

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Based on the 2013 vintage (75%) and complemented with 25% reserve wines going back to 2006, Roederer’s NV Brut Premier (2013) has a straw yellow color and offers lovely intensity and finesse on the nose, displaying brioche and honey notes along with ripe white fruit and flowery aromas. Round and fresh on the beautifully balanced palate and with a refreshing citrus flavor in the clear, crisp and pure finish, this is a very elegant, vital and stimulating cuvée made of 35% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Meunier. According to Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, 2013 was a very good vintage for Pinot Noir. 2013 was a late harvest. We picked the grapes only in October, explained Lécaillon, who used 55% own grapes for the Brut Premier. In wet years, the percentage of Meunier is always higher because Meunier doesn’t need to be super ripe. I am happy with 9.5% alcohol here because I need the clear and crisp freshness to balance the vinosity of Pinot. It is the wine of the purchased, less ripe grapes from the Marne Valley that undergoes the process of malolactic fermentation (in total: 40%), Lécaillon said, and he never sends Chardonnay into the second (malolactic) fermentation in order to avoid the butterscotch flavors. To make a long story short: Roederer’s NV Brut Premier is a classic aperitif and gastronomic wine that can be served everywhere and anytime. Tasted in Reims in May 2018.

91 Points / Drinking 2018 - 2026

By Stephan Reinhardt / June 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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 / Drinking 2018 - 2024

By Stephan Reinhardt / June 2016

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Golden colour with fine bubbles, this has a wonderful toasty nose with a touch of almonds. The palate is full and satisfying. This is a class act.

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