2008 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne
**Cellar Selection** Still young and fruity, this is a wine with impressive potential. For now, enjoy the palest of rosé colors, bright red fruits, and crisp and lively acidity. In the next several years, this will deepen and mellow, so keep and don’t drink until 2017.
Roederer's 2008 Brut Rosé captures the energy and tension of the year in its pure, mineral-inflected flavors, bright acidity and bracing minerality. A weightless, gracious wine, the 2008 Brut Rosé isn't an obvious wine, rather it is a Champagne that impresses with its exceptional balance and class. Readers who want to understand what makes 2008 such a compelling vintage in Champagne will want to check out the Brut Rosé. It is fabulous.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright orange-pink. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by notes of candied rose, toasty lees and minerals. Densely packed and lively, offering sappy raspberry and blood orange flavors and a touch of rose pastille that gains strength with air. Closes with excellent clarity and cut, leaving suave floral and smoky mineral notes behind. I like the mix of power and finesse here.
Sleek and mouthwatering, with spice and sea salt notes underscoring flavors of white raspberry, biscuit, candied ginger and orange zest. Refined and racy. Drink now through 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In tasting Roederer’s 2008 Brut Rose, I am certainly reminded of the belief stated in their press releases that “a great rose Champagne must be made from very ripe grapes,” which, they go on to explain, is the reason why this cuvee is always predominantly informed by the steep, shallow-soiled, south-facing, waterside slopes of Cumieres. Certainly what has been extracted from the two-thirds Pinot here – colored via saignee – is an essence of ripe, juicy fresh red currant and red raspberry laced with lemon and orange rinds and perfectly set off by close to ten grams of residual sugar. A faintly sweaty tang and subtle suffusion of chalk add interest – and slight grain of tannin invigoration – to a lusciously refreshing but still very much fruit-dominated finish. I wouldn’t want to rule out some additional depth of flavor emerging over the next couple of years, but it would be a shame to miss out on this cuvee in its exuberantly fresh-fruited youth.
"A great Rosé Champagne should be elaborated from very ripe grapes, which is sometimes difficult to obtain in the climate of the Champagne region. That is why Louis Roederer decided to invest in one of the most precocious vineyards of the Champagne region, in Cumières, where the light of the steep, south-facing clay and limestone slopes face is accented by the Marne River, producing high phenolic maturity. In selected plots, Louis Roederer applies precision viticulture adapted to the elaboration of a saignée rosé...the structure and richness of Louis Roederer Brut Rosé make it a perfect accompaniment to main courses, magnificently complementing fish, such as salmon; meat, such as lamb, veal, guinea fowl, and even pheasant; and soft cheeses, such as Chaource and Brillat-Savarin. It can also be served with red fruit based deserts that are less sweet, such as a red fruit zabaglione or a red fruit gratin." (from Louis Roederer)