Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
75cl * 12.5% 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 cuvée that became famous due to its associations with the Russian Imperial Court. The grapes for the whole range of Roederer Champagnes are largely sourced from their own vineyards, which guarantees that only the highest quality fruit ends up in the final blend.
This new Louis Roederer blend has caused quite a splash in the genteel world of Grand Marque Champagne, where usually not even a ripple is felt. Roederer have replaced their Brut NV with this multi-vintage cuvée that changes each year, much like Krug does. The Collection 243 cuvée marks the 243rd blend created by the Champagne House since its creation.
Crafted from the best of the 2018 harvest, a truly magical year, combined with the freshness and complexity of a "Perpetual Reserve" created in 2012 and a judicious selection of reserve wines aged in large French oak vats (foudres). The grapes are grown using sustainable methods that preserve the vine and undergo a meticulous selection to retain only those of excellent quality. Aromas of ripe orchard fruits, baked apple pie and a long lingering finish, it is perfect as an accompaniment with seafood in a rich sauce, to delicate shellfish and seafood dishes, or as an aperitif.
It can be enjoyed now but can also be kept back for several years to reveal further complexity and an even greater personality that is unique to this particular blend.