N.V. Louis Roederer Brut Premier

Based on the 2013 vintage, bottled in 2014 and disgorged in 2018.
Champagne, Champagne/sparkling wine FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
Closure Style
drink or keep
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Wine Score
16.5 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, June 2018
91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, June 2018
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Media Reviews

Jancis Robinson MW

40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Meunier. Partial malo, 10% of the wine aged in oak casks, based on 2013 vintage, reserve wine spends up to 10 years in large neutral French oak barrels. 3 years on lees. Dosage 9 g/l. Pungent and fine – goes straight up the nose! Great balance and completeness. Not sweet but sweet-er. Good texture and unobjectionable. Not the tightest textured but lots of fun. 16.5 points

Stephan Reinhardt

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

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