2004 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1055296

95 points Wines and Spirits: "Intricate scents of herbs, roses and citrus blossoms start off delicate and build into the graceful flow of the wine, creating a beautiful presence on the palate. It moves from a bold stance into a long, slow fade, lasting on an essence of rose-petal jam. Delicous as a young wine, this will likely be at its best ten to 12 years from the vintage." 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a great vintage, this rosé is still young, still developing. But already the outlines are there with ripe strawberry and pink grapefruit along with a tight flinty texture. The wine needs time for the acidity to calm down—age for five years." (11/30/2009) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "rom a great vintage, this rosé is still young, still developing. But already the outlines are there with ripe strawberry and pink grapefruit along with a tight flinty texture. The wine needs time for the acidity to calm down—age for five years." (12/09) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pale-colored 2004 Brut Rose flows with subtle, silky layers of perfumed fruit. This is an understated, almost shy wine, although its class and pedigree are evident..." (12/09)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/14/2010  | Send Email
This is a great vintage Rosé, and a jewel in the Roederer portfolio. The production method is unconventional: the wine is composed of 70% Pinot Noir that is macerated all together to make a dark rosé, and then blended with 30% Chardonnay to give the wine a perfect salmon color and balance. Twenty percent of the wine is barrel aged; malolactic fermentation is completely blocked, and the wine is finished with 12 grams per liter of dosage. This rosé has a very fresh, cranberry-like nose that also has elements of Beaune savor. It has a lot to offer aromatically, and I found myself lingering over it. It is round and full in the mouth, with suave Pinot character balanced by a chiseled, mineral finish. Twelve hundred cases of six were imported.

 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 9/29/2010 
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Gorgeous rose gold in color...Strong berry notes on the nose with hints of toast and chalk being very evident, and a flowery perfume that screams of freshness...

dry, with flavors of cranberry sauce, pommegranite, and sweet citrus...as well as a less pronounced (although still very present) note of crisp golden apple...mousse as delicate as lace with miniscule bubbles that seem to be a trademark of all Louis Roederer offerings...

Strawberry and apple freshness supported by something that reminds me of the inside of a florist's refrigerator (floral, green, sweet all mixed together to form one harmonious note) and just a slight citrus essence on the long pleasant finish...

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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