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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2008 Champagne 75cl

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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage
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Description & Technical Information
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All Louis Roederer vintage champagnes are made using grapes from their own estate. Fascinated by the aromatic diversity of Pinot Noir in Champagne, Louis Roederer use the structure and power of the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims to create their Brut Vintage blend. Exposed to the north-east, these vineyards produce grapes that mature much slower, thereby making wines that are sometimes rough and closed at the beginning of the ageing process. However, the character of the Pinot Noir intensifies and becomes more refined through long ageing in wood. It is the Pinot Noirs from the Grand Cru rated village of Verzenay in particular that give the champagnes their velvety, creamy and elegant palate.

The Chardonnay from the most east facing vineyards in Chouilly brings the richness and generosity to the champagne. Some of the wine (the percentage varies each year) is fermented in large oak tanks and once in the bottle, the champagnes ages on the lees for at least four years and is rested for six months after disgorgement to attain optimal maturity.

Weather: The 2008 vintage began with difficulty for Louis Roederer. After a stormy and rainy spring, flowering was late with widespread disease producing small and dense clusters of grapes. The dry summer, though cool with relatively little sunshine, resulted in a maturation process that was both dry and fresh. Exceptionally favourable weather conditions in September then fostered perfect maturation of the grapes, producing wines with an exceptional and natural balance between freshness and a concentration of flavours. As more releases hit the market, 2008 is being considered the next-best vintage since 2002.

News Article: Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2008 placed second in our blind tasting comparison of 2008s and 2002s in June 2017. Read the full write-up here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 90% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Ageing: 5 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2014
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2027

Tasting Note: Golden in colour, Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2008 has a bouquet characteristic of the Pinot Noir grapes from Verzenay and Verzy. Packed with ripe fruits, the finish is dry, rich and complex. Still so young, it has an abundance of fruit and freshness that promise serious ageing potential. The 2008 vintage is an intense and lively champagne, embodying the fruitiness and power of this unique harvest.
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