2004 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne

SKU #1055295 95 points 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.  (12/2011)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* 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.  (12/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Brut emerges from the glass with attractive layers of fruit that come together in a gorgeous expression of perfumed fruit. This silky, textured and totally finessed Champagne is another impeccable wine from Roederer. The 2004 growing season was long and yields were higher than normal, yet Roederer has achieved a wonderful balance in this wine. The 2004 Brut was made from the estate’s north-facing vineyards and 40% of the wine was aged in oak.  (12/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Crisp and green, in a grassy, verdant way. Shows plenty of lime, orange peel and apple notes, with a touch of fresh-cut grass or chive. Balanced and elegant, with subtle length. Drink now through 2018.  (11/2009)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/14/2010 | Send Email
How could the humble 2004 vintage produce the best vintage wines that I have tasted from Roederer? This vintage offering benefited from an increased use of wood, they now use 30%, giving the wine considerably more texture. The Champagne is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay with no malolactic fermentation and a very small amount of dosage at around 9 grams per liter. It has a color of light gold or dark straw and a generous aroma of fresh baguette and hazelnuts. In the mouth, it has a lot of dark Pinot Noir fruit, which I suspect is driven by Roederer's 37.5 prime acres in the Grand Cru of Verzenay. The finish is exceptionally long, with a virile minerality that promises a long life for this wine in the cellar. Get it while you can - only 800 six-bottle cases were imported.

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