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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2008 Champagne 1.5L

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Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2008 - Magnum - 1.5L Magnum - 1.5L   £239.00
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Champagne Louis Roederer Overview
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 grapes mature much more slowly, producing wines that are sometimes rough and closed at the beginning of the ageing process, with a character that intensifies and becomes more refined through ageing in wood over long periods. Thirty percent of the wine is matured in oak casks and Brut Vintage is matured for at least four years in the cellars and rested for six months after disgorgement to attain optimal maturity. It is the Pinot Noirs from the Grand Cru rated village of Verzenay in particular that give this champagnes its velvety, creamy and elegant palate.

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 2030

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.
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Nov 2018
“90% grands and premiers crus. Aged for five years on the lees. Disgorged 2014. Dosage 9 g/l.
Tasted blind. Pale straw. Denser nose than the other vintage of this wine tasted alongside [the 2009]. A little meatier and with more marked green veginess. Seems very brisk and youthful.
Drink 2019-2028”
Essi Avellan MW,,
Apr 2016
“Fresh fruity, bright and pristinely clean nose. Very youthful and vibrant, somewhat closed still. Fresh and zesty, with nervy tension and stylish salty-spicy minerality. Intense despite lightness and freshness. Perfectly balanced with cool restraint promising long life. Such a classy, vibrant vintage.”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Mar 2015
“Very pale. Tight knit yet approachable nose. Pretty youthful and taut. Decent balance but tightly wound as though it needs a little longer to unwind.”
Alison Napjus,
Wine Spectator,
Jan 2015
“Elegant and harmonious, with bright acidity enlivening the refined and creamy mousse and flavors of pastry, creamed pear, crushed blackberry, spun honey and slivered almond. A streak of chalky mineral resonates through the wine and lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2028.”
Joshua Greene,
Wine & Spirits,
Dec 2014
“A quiet and firm 2008, this is closed for now, hidden behind a wash of pale limestone and a seashell-like minerality. Hints of flowers come on on in the scent, while richness builds in the finish. Youthfully lean, this should open up with bottle age.”
Roger Voss,
Wine Enthusiast,
Dec 2014
“A deliciously ripe wine, full of fruit as well as a great mineral texture. It completely expresses the exceptional 2008 with all its structure. Still young, it's all fruit and freshness that promise serious bottle aging. Drink this complex, serious wine from 2017.”
Josh Raynolds,,
Dec 2014
“Pale yellow. Bright, mineral-accented aromas of candied orange and nectarine, complicated by an intense floral accent and a hint of ginger. Taut, penetrating orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors pick up spiciness with air and show very good depth. Finishes dry and stony, with excellent clarity and lingering mineral and floral notes. This impressively pure, balanced Champagne has the concentration to reward cellaring.”
Antonio Galloni,,
Nov 2014
“The 2008 Brut races across the palate with gorgeous depth and resonance. Dried pear, spice, mint, anise and wild flowers meld together in the glass. Broad, ample and voluptuous, the 2008 possesses fabulous richness in all dimensions. Beams of acidity and minerality give the 2008 much of its energy and freshness, but the style is all about pure texture. 2015 - 2026.”
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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