Louis Roederer Brut Vintage
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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2002
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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2002 Champagne

More vintages: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009Louis Roederer, the largest independent, family-managed champagne maker is the fortunate proprietor to 235 hectares of sublimely located vineyards, supplying 70% of its needs for an annual production of 3 million bottles. Uniquely, after 10 years of experimentation, they are beginning to witness the benefits of a biodynamically managed vineyard. Chef de Cave, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is particular about Louis Roederer's craft; "We don't blend, we combine," he says. "I love art, and like a great painter we add colour rather than blending."

Fascinated by the aromatic diversity of Pinot Noir in Champagne, Louis Roederer uses the structure and power of the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims to create its Brut Vintage. Exposed to the north-east, the grapes mature more slowly. The character of this great wine intensifies and becomes more refined through aging in wood and time.

2002 was a characteristically dry, warm year with outbreaks of heavy rain. The vintage was marked by the outstanding quality of the grapes, registering a degree of alcohol content rarely achieved in Champagne. This early-maturing year brought about by dry soil conditions that accelerated ripening and pruning to restrict yields meant harvesting started on 12 September in the Côte des Blancs, September 13 in the Marne Valley and 16 September in the Montagne de Reims. Harvesting in each vineyard area lasted 13 days. From the beginning of the harvest, grapes registered 11-12.2º alcohol with a consistent acidity level of 7 g/l. The quality of the grapes was remarkable throughout the vineyard.

A stunning golden colour with a fine stream of bubbles, the bouquet is full of fresh fragrances and ripeness. Slightly toasty notes initially give way to more complex fruits and the dominance of Pinot Noir shines through. The extra ageing has given this wine a lovely extra dimension which compliments the extraordinary flavours of the 2002 vintage.

Grape Varieties: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay
Dosage: 9 g/L

Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2002 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2016
16.5/20
“70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
Tasted blind. Deep gold. Burnished metallic notes – lots of evolution. Mouth-filling and broad but fully evolved. Bit chewy on the end. Sweet start. No great persistence though.”
EssiAvellan.com,
Sep 2015
93/100
“Elegantly smoky and toasty nose over peach and acacia fruit. Pure and fragrant. The smoky minerality continues on the focused and firm palate. Complex, soft, ripe fruity nose, not hugely expressive. Red and white fruit, refined spicy undetone and patisserie generosity. Wide, sumptuous palate, really sweet fruit. Tightly packed fruitiness with great potential. Classy with charm and power.”
The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Louis Roederer wine-searcher.com, 18th December 2014
Bought directly from Louis Roederer's UK agent MMD, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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