The house of Roederer remains independent and family owned. They own over 240 hectares of vineyards (increasingly farmed to Biodynamic principles) formed from 410 parcels with 90% in the Grand and Premier Crus of the region. All of their vintage styles are made solely from their own grapes up to their legendary deluxe cuvee - Cristal.
Louis Roederer Brut Collection 242 [x]
Dominated by Chardonnay which excelled in the vintage – ripe, rich and luscious.
“So much for the composition and concept of the new NV Brut Collection 242, but how does it taste? This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it’s concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up.”
93+ Points William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, Sep 2021
242 – Based on the 2017 Vintage. 44% Reserve wine – 10% from oak 34 % perpetual reserve. 42% Chardonnay 36% Pinot Noir 22% Pinot Meunier. 34% Malolactic. Dopsage 8g/l
“”Roederer’s Brut Premier was created in the 1980s to prove to consumers that we could deliver consistent quality with a blend that compensated for less than perfectly ripe vintages,” explains Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon. “We were blending in pursuit of maturity, of ripeness. The concept behind the Brut Collection is the opposite: we’re looking for freshness—and we are embracing singularity, something we’re emphasizing by enumerating each year’s blend.” This project has been in the making since 2012, when Lecaillon set aside 21,000 liters of wine to constitute a perpetual reserve aged in large tanks without malolactic fermentation. Sourcing has evolved too: less must is coming from cooperatives, and only vineyards cultivated without the use of herbicides inform the blend. A dedicated team oversees all this, visiting every grower three times per year. And vinification is parcel by parcel to deliver a maximum of blending components. ”
The new Collection designation has been created in response to the warming climate and reflecting Roederer’s innovative spirit and pursuit of excellence allowing more freedom after each vintage to make the best wine possible. Creation of a perpetual reserve to maintain and enhance freshness and salinity in the face of climate change and ever more mature grapes. Increased proportion of oak aged reserve wines. Lower dosage. Freedom of blending style, from cépage to proportion of reserve wines, to ensure the best quality possible. Each collection number will be unique, but the style will always be resolutely Roederer. The Collection number represents the number of blends since the inception of the house, to the base vintage.
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- Reference #:
- 12 ABV
- Bottles per Case
- 6 bottles
- Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir