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A glimpse into the future is always a treat @louisroederer_ with @jblfizz previewing upcoming releases, a busy year 2023 for some amazing new vintages of #LouisRoederer
New Vintages of #CristalChampagne 2015 & #CristalRose 2014 coming soon plus new vintage #Vinotheque & Vinotheque Rose 2002 late disgorged range, releasing autumn 2023. I will write up each on release, fair to summarise, there are sensational experiences coming soon! One of my biggest surprises was the #LouisRoederer Rose 2016, this vintage is looking really strong, generous fruit, a textural pleasure and beautifully fresh and mineral saline finish. #RoedererRose keeps getting better and better!
The Louis Roederer Collection Journey 238 to 244
A fascinating insight into the beginnings of Collection, starting in spring 2014 when @jblfizz assembled the first trial blend of Collection 238 based on the 2013 vintage. At this time the “perpetual reserve” was only 2012 vintage wines, those with a core that are the most saline and fresh.
The first three Collection Champagnes were bottled as a trial, 1000 bottles each of Collection 238 to 240 allowing @jblfizz to track the origins of this new recipe. The big step and first commercial release was Collection 241 (magnums only) based on 2016 where the oak reserve wines are now at 10% and the perpetual reserve now is a blend of four vintages, 2012 to 2015.
Collection 242 was the first 75cl to be released, based on the 2017 harvest and considering this was an awful year for red grapes the champagne today looks incredible. The impact of more vintages in the perpetual reserve is now easy to see, now 2012 to 2016 and 10% oak reserve wines really add to the complexity.
With the next three Collection 242 to the not yet released 244 you see the fine tuning phase of this cuvee; more precision & harmony and that Roederer lightness on the palate.
An incredible journey, thank you Jean-Baptiste for sharing the beginning and future of Collection.
Each Collection champagne is based on a dominant year and the number of the collection represents the number of times Louis Roederer have made their Non-Vintage blend, the first year being made in 1776. The future looks very bright with Collection 244 coming out soon based on the 2019 vintage, demonstrating the class of both the vintage and the genius blending of @jblfizz
Louis Roederer Collection 244 - A champagne with complexity yet lightness of touch
#louisroederer #louisroedererchampagne #louisroederercollection #jeanbaptistelecaillon #essiavellan #champagne #comingsoon
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Leclerc Briant Les Basses Prieres 2014
Leclerc Briant produce three single vineyard champagnes, collectively named ‘Collection Les Authentiques’. Les Basses Prieres is a Blanc de Noirs champagne produced from a single 0.17 hectare plot in the Premier Cru rated village of Hautvillers. Just 1,800 bottles were produced.
“Lots of chew and a dry finish. Still quite tannic but with lots tucked in there for future development.”
Leclerc Briant Blanc de Meuniers 2016
92 → 92/100
“This pure Meunier from Chamery gains gravitas from fermentation in oak. The brightly fruity, fragrant nose has beautiful yellow raspberry and blood orange tones, plus a light touch of toast. The oaky whiff is well married to the sweet fruitiness. On the palate, it is silky smooth and driven, ending on a super-dry but invigoratingly fresh mineral note.”
Leclerc Briant Grand Blanc Blanc de Blancs Brut Zero 2014
The wine is settled naturally and is not filtered and is suitable for vegans. The juice is fermented in small oak barrels and doesn’t receive dosage or sulphites. The wine is bottled with lower sugar than normal so the bottle fermentation produces a champagne at around 5 bars of pressure rather than the typical 6 bars. This gives a smaller bubble and gently mousse.
A year where it was necessary to select the red grapes carefully to maintain high quality. In general Chardonnay is the star of the vintage.
#leclerc #leclercbriant #innovation #pioneer #biodynamic #champagne #champagnelife #singlevineyard #vintage
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