Louis Roederer "Carte Blanche" Extra Dry Champagne

SKU #1050136 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Extra-Dry Carte Blanche is based on the Brut Premier, but receives a higher dosage of 16 grams per liter. Even though the Carte Blanche naturally shows a bit more sweetness than the Brut Premier it also maintains considerable focus and energy. Here the expression of fruit tends towards brighter, more floral white fruits, green apples/pears. The wine’s balance and length are first rate. This is Lot # L033633C101132. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.  (11/ 2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (roughly 55% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier; L036010D100191): Light, bright gold. Aromas of pear and peach nectar, honey and white flowers, with a subtle yeasty undertone. Plush and expansive on the palate, offering pliant pit fruit flavors and a touch of tangerine. Plenty sweet but vibrant acidity adds delineation and finishing lift. This deeply flavored, fruit-driven Champagne would work wonderfully with intensely flavored cheeses or spicy Asian seafood or poultry dishes.  (12/ 2013)

89 points Wine Spectator

 A firm backbone of acidity balances this lightly smoky version, which shows flavors of candied almond, raspberry pâte de fruit and baked peach. Creamy and mouthwatering. Drink now through 2015. (Web Only-2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Despite its description as 'extra dry,' this is in fact sweeter than a brut. This is fresh and fruity, with an attractive apple-purée flavor, balanced by crisp acidity and a light, bright finish.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Extra Dry Champagnes are actually given more sugar than Brut Champagnes, up to 17 grams per liter. The blend is one-third Chardonnay and two-thirds Pinots (Pinot Meunier making up about 10% of the blend), and the wine is aged for three years on the lees. This is the perfect after-dinner Champagne and goes very well with fruit tarts and other delicate desserts. It is also just a great drink when you feel like something a little bit sweeter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 9/15/2010 
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Very floral nose with hints of fresh baked bread with butter and an unidentifiable sweetness (like somehting mixed with noney)...

Flavors of toasted nuts marry harmoniously with a certain creamy, almost vanilla like quality that seems to rest on a bed of marzipan sweetness...

Tiny bubbles tickling my palate and give way to a crisp clean finish of peaches and cream with a bit of toastyness/bitterness reminiscent of almosds roasted very dark...I also get a bet of grapefruit...

One of the best non-vintage Champagnes I've ever tried...

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12