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|Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2004
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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2004 ChampagneMore vintages: 2002, 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. While 2004 never reached the same heights of perfection as 2002, it was a classic, generous year bringing both quantity and quality. Thirty percent of the wine is matured in oak casks and Brut Vintage is aged, on average, for 4 years in Louis Roederer's cellars and left for six months after disgorgement to attain perfect maturity.
The palate is characteristic of Louis Roederer's vintages: a rich fullness is refined by the sweetness, acidity and tight blend of the Pinot Noir grapes of Verzenay. Tasting reveals suggestions of candied fruits, almond paste, white chocolate and caramel. This is a classic vintage Brut: all the traditional flavours of champagne expressed with a refinement and precision that is quintessentially Roederer. We bought this parcel to show Louis Roederer Brut Vintage at its best; when it is at least 10 years old and just starting to show the grace and forward fruit elegance from the 2004 vintage.
Grape Varieties: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Dosage: 8 to 10 g/L
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Louis Roederer Overview Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
“Pale honey colour. Seems sweeter and more evolved than the Ferrari Riserva 2004 served alongside. Really quite substantial and almost chunky. ”
“Impressively toasty and rich fragrant but refined nose. Full, succulent palate with smooth texture and fine fluffy mousse. Big and bold but not without elegance or complexity. Long and concentrated. 2004 is such a good vintage for all Roederer, and this just brings so much pleasure now. Beautiful toast-complexted bright fruity nose. Refined and detailed. Lovely sweet and sour sensation.”
Wine & Spirits,
“An open jazz riff on white limestone, this is so dry, austere and sumptuous that it defines umami. Cool, rich, mineral, mouthwatering. Pretty smart vintage Champagne: It's powerful in its flavor depth, though not as wildly powerful as Cristal.”
“A great celebration of the fine 2004 vintage, this wine reveals both generosity and a steely resolve. It has a cool elegance as well, giving it a sense of refinement, while still preserving the Roederer richness. The tight acidity holds the wine together and promises long aging.”
“Straightforward, fresh nose. Neat and compact. Gentle, well balanced. Tight knit and well balanced without anything out of place though it’s not the most nuanced. Very vigorous. Lots of freshness. But a bit astringent and metallic on the finish.”
Wine & Spirits,
“The bold fruit flavors make this a wine of primary colors for now, from peach to kiwi, grapefruit and strawberry. The fruit is fragrant and lush while the wine's acidity keeps it mouthwatering and completely dry. A zesty Champagne that's built to age...”
Louis Roederer Overview
Established in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the last great independent family-run Champagne Houses. Today it is run by Frédéric Rousaud, CEO who is the seventh generation of the Roederer family. His right hand-man, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon the Chef de Cave has been creating stunning wines at Roederer since 1999. As a winemaker, Jean-Baptiste is very proud of his craft and declares that at Roederer "we don't blend we combine" and says "I love art, and like a great painter we add colour rather than blending it".
Being in the enviable position of owning the majority of their own vineyards, they are able to experiment as well as supply 70 percent of the grapes to produce non-vintage wines and 100 percent of the vintage wines, which is very rare in Champagne today. The experimentation has led them to create and manage some biodynamic vineyards for nearly ten years. Although they are not looking to get certification, the resulting wines have produced some amazing flavours and created some wonderful additions to the resultant blends.
From the beginning Louis Roederer wanted to create the best Champagne he could and felt that the way to do that was to own his vineyards, and not, like most other Houses, buy in grapes from growers. This strategy led him to acquire some of the finest land in the region and today it amounts to some 240 hectares of Grand and Premier Cru Vineyards in the Marne. This belief that great wine depends on the quality of the soil is still part of their philosophy today.
Each small parcel is hand-picked and pressed on the harvest site then vinified separately so as to keep the true character intact. Each of the lots is then tasted several times until blending, when they are chosen for their unique characters to create the perfect Roederer style.
In the 1870s, Louis Roederer began exporting his wines to the USA and Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The Tsar was a suspicious man and believed his enemies might try to tamper with his beloved Champagne to get rid of him. He thought that the traditional Champagne bottle with the punt at the bottom could perhaps conceal a bomb and the glass being so dark could camouflage the addition of poison. So in 1876, the very first Prestige Cuvée Champagne was created exclusively for the Tsar and the iconic Cristal was born. Placed in an iconic bottle with a flat base made from clear crystal, the Tsar was happy that bombs and poison would not come between him and the enjoyment of his favourite tipple.
Cristal is now not just for the Tsar of Russia but little has changed in terms of how it is produced. Jean-Baptiste only creates Cristal from the finest vintages and therefore it is not created every year and when it is, production is tiny. The blend is usually 55 per cent Pinot Noir and 45 per cent Chardonnay from only the best rated sites of Champagne Louis Roederer's vineyards. Cristal is released after six years ageing in the Reims cellars and is the benchmark for luxury champagnes.
For everyday drinking the Louis Roederer Brut Premier is produced with the same care and attention to detail. The style is created from eight different harvests, utilizing all three Champagne grape varieties from more than 40 different plots. The final blend is matured for three years in the cellar and rested for six months after disgorgement to perfect maturity.