Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
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.
A cold, dry winter was followed by a warm summer, with almost no rain in August and September, so the harvest was unequalled in terms of quality and quantity. Offering a ripe bouquet of orchard fruit, citrus and chalk, it is rich and complex on the palate, with refreshing acidity and decent length. Great with lightly smoked food, hard mature cheeses or truffles.