2008 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1163692 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Blanc de Blancs offers a very subtle and substantial, multi-layered bouquet of wet chalk, hazelnuts, stewed apples, lemons, toast, jasmine. Full-bodied and vibrant, this is a highly elegant, very mineral, pure, fresh, firm, tense and persistent Champagne of great complexity. It is still very young but has a great aging potential. (SR)  (11/2014)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 Chardonnay’s chamomile and meadow flower scents race out of this wine’s taut richness, its creaminess channeled along a chalk line of acidity. Clean and almost blunt in its youthful power, this wine has a terrific future ahead.  (12/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tight with acidity and minerality, this is a precocious Champagne from a great vintage. Citrus and crisp apple flavors are allied to a strongly zesty character that brings out the chalk terroir of the Côte des Blancs in Champagne. Certainly the wine will age, so keep and drink from 2016.  (12/2014)

93 points Antonio Galloni

 Roederer's 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs is a powerhouse. There is a level of richness and overall intensity that almost suggests the presence of red grapes. Almonds, brioche, cooked apples and green pears meld together in an unusually deep, pliant Blanc de Blancs. All of that intensity carries through to a decidedly phenolic, layered finish supported by veins of insistent salinity. Weightless, tense and pulsating from start to finish, the Blanc de Blancs is a real head-turner in 2008. (AG)  (11/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% estate-grown fruit; 9 g/l dosage): Light, bright gold. Vibrant, mineral-driven lemon and underripe pear on the nose, along with suggestions of honeysuckle, iodine, tarragon and toasted brioche. Gently leesy and creamy on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a suave touch of chamomile. Finishes bright and stony, with repeating floral and mineral notes. (JR)  (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and focused by ample acidity, this is fleshed out by the refined and creamy mousse and flavors of pineapple, blackberry, tangerine, grated coconut and creamed almond. Well-knit and elegant overall. Drink now through 2028.  (11/2014)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2014 | Send Email
This entirely estate grown Champagne comes from Avize, Mesnil and Cramant and is harvested riper than most. It sees about 25% wood fermentation, and is made at a lower pressure, about 4 atmospheres, than most Champagne. This is the smallest production wine from Champagne Louis Roederer, and the 2008 is very special, with extraordinary, voluminous white flower and baguette aromas. The wine has a perfect texture and bead, and the finish that one would expect from one of the best and highest acid vintages in a generation. It is long, serious stuff!
Drink from 2014 to 2048

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