75cl * 12% ABV * Champagne, France
The company we now know as Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 as Dubois Pere & Fils, changing its name in 1833 when the young Louis inherited the estate from his uncle. The house is perhaps best-known for Cristal (bottled in clear crystal and a flat punt), their prestige cuvee that became famous due to its associations with the Russian Imperial Court. The grapes for the vintage range of Roederer Champagnes are sourced from their own vineyards, which guarantees that only the highest quality fruit ends up in the final blend, 90% of which is Grand and Premier Cru level.
2013 was characterised by a particularly late growing cycle. A seemingly endless winter was followed by a very cool, late spring. Flowering did not begin until the start of July - something not seen in Champagne for quite some time ! Fortunately, summer was glorious with plenty of sunshine, record high temperatures and very low rainfall, ideal for the ripening of the Chardonnay grapes. The temperatures were cool for the October harvest and the resulting wines are elegant and fresh - the signs of a "classic" vintage.
This 100% Chardonnay wine is sourced from four plots in the Grand Cru of Avize, around 33% of which undergoes maturation in oak. Bottle-aged for almost 6 years before release. A rather shy and delicate wine, it suggests apple and pear fruit initially. With some aeration, it offers caramelised apple, pastry notes and roasted hazelnuts. Soft and velvety on the palate, a somewhat saline finish is underpinned by chalky freshness. A perfect partner to oysters, prawns or langoustines.