2008 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.