2004 Louis Roederer Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1057498 90 points Wine Spectator

 A firm Champagne, displaying a floral quality to the biscuit, pear and light spice notes. This shows fine balance and good drive to the acidity, straight through to the delicate finish. Drink now through 2012.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

This all Chardonnay offering is unique in representing all the villages in the Cotes de Blancs, from Vertus in the south up to Cuis and including Mesnil, Oger, Avize and Cramant. It has lower pressure than most Champagne, only 4 to 4.5 atmospheres as opposed to the 6 found in a normal bottle. It represents a little less than 2% of Roederer's production. The 2004 is very nervy, and will reward the patient with a fantastic drink! -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Sonny G | Review Date: 11/5/2010
Brilliant straw in color with just the slightest tinge of green...lees very detectable on the nose along with a certain nutty quality, a hint of citrus oil, and a dusty minerality...

Flavors of apple and nuts are the most detectable...Many other subtle notes including, peach, pear, and stone...the texture is silky and acidity is nearly perfect...bubbles seem slightly larger in this cremant style, but still very pleasant...

The finish is creamy with a fair amount of apple tartness, and a bit of minerality...

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