2009 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1221571 95 points Wine & Spirits

 From Roederer’s grand cru vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant, this is a chardonnay that’s both ample in its flavor and quiet in its delivery. Broadened by long aging on the lees, almost tropical in its ripeness, this wine’s firm underlying acidity presents all the flavor with clarity, rising toward mineral notes in the finish. One taster suggested that it is rich enough to serve with foie gras on toast with plum jam.  (12/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Blanc de Blancs Vintage is mainly from Avize (80%), but chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is aiming for 100% due to the forward pushed ripeness of Chardonnay. The wine offers a deep, intense and very elegant nose of ripe, but nobly discreet Chardonnay on chalk flavors, which are repeated on the palate. Think of white fruits, flowers and blossoms, hazelnuts, brioche and almonds - and you are almost there. The 2009 offers a mouthful of round, rich and very elegant, precisely defined Chardonnay that shows a lovely freshness and purity in the finish. The wine is silky, vinous and very long, and reveals an endless elegance. No malolactic fermentation, but a remarkably chiseled acidity. Except of the Brut Premier and the Carte Blanche (which I did never taste) all Roederer cuvées are vintage Champagnes; or to be more precise - terroir-driven millésimes... Mind you, though, that not a single cuvée of Louis Roederer is of just average quality. At least the difference of quality between the Blanc de Blancs Vintage (currently 2009) or the Vintage (2008) is much smaller compared to the Cristal (2007) than the price might indicate. (SR)  (5/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This is a beautiful wine, so crisp, taut and refreshing. It brings out the fragrance and freshness of the chalk vineyards of the Côte de Blancs, fruity with apples and citrus. Still young although already balanced, the wine will age for several years and will be ready to drink from 2018. (RV)

92 points Vinous

 Floral verbena and tangy Meyer Lemon notes lead the way in this lithe and elegant Champagne, with vibrant acidity and a mineral-tinged underpinning framing the palate's crunchy white peach, brioche and salted almond flavors. (AG)  (11/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Floral verbena and tangy Meyer Lemon notes lead the way in this lithe and elegant Champagne, with vibrant acidity and a mineral-tinged underpinning framing the palate's crunchy white peach, brioche and salted almond flavors. (AN)  (11/2015)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
This is a true gem from Roederer, a wonderfully crafted wine that reflects the robust ripeness of the 2009 vintage. Its superb-quality fruit comes from all Grand Cru vineyards in Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger, 10% of which is matured in oak casks for added depth and texture, giving it aged Burgundian flavors of subtle toasted oak and lemon-butter. It glows with the ripeness of 2009 while retaining an electric vibrancy from its crisp acidity. Complex and delicious!

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