2010 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1249525 96 points Wine & Spirits

 *Cellar Selection* Roederer invested in a separate winery to produce its rosé, the facility completed in 2007, taking its classic saignée method wines to a new level. An estate-grown blend of pinot noir from the clay soils of Cumières with chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, this is an extraordinary vintage of Roederer Rosé. It’s a lithe wine, compelling for its precision rather than for any stylized complexity. In fact, it feels simple, naked, capturing the freshness of the grapes in pale pink energy. The transparent cherry and Honeycrisp apple flavors are inherently balanced and hard to resist.  (12/2015)

95 points James Suckling

 The viticulture here takes its cues from Burgundy with lower yields (40hl/ha), leaf removal, ripe picking and cooling overnight and some cold soaking and skin contact. The chardonnay juice is added to bring the acidity and balance into play, but this also has attractive rose-like florals that really speak of pinot noir. There's orange zest and some pink grapefruit and even handy nutty elements that creep in. This is every bit as terrific as the 2008. The palate has roundness, flesh and smoothly arranged phenolics. An almost saline chardonnay influence provides a vinous attraction here. Super silky, and the chardonnay finishes it fresh but with a punch.  (10/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Beautifully crisp and fresh, this is a young, tightly textured wine that is already so refreshing. Its red fruit character is just a part of the mineral and tannin texture and the pure line of fragrant acidity. Very pale in color, this sophisticated wine could do with some aging. (RV)  (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A vivacious rosé, marrying a delicate palate of white raspberry, pastry, blanched almond and white cherry flavors with citrusy acidity and an airy mousse. Rich smoke and mineral notes shine on the finish. Drink now through 2025. (AN)  (12/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The pale-colored 2010 Brut Rosé is wonderfully lifted and aromatically expressive. Sweet floral notes, red berries, hard candy, mint, cranberry and chalk notes grace the palate as this airy, gracious Champagne opens up in the glass. Delicate and feminine in style the 2010 is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. (AG)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

This is a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Twenty percent of the blend is aged in oak. Eight grams of dosage.

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2016 | Send Email
I was able to taste this lovely last week and it is just so pretty and enticing. The first striking thing is the bright nose of raspberries and orange. It fleshes out a bit on the palate with a nice, slightly richer style texture with bright cherry fruit and surprisingly crisp minerality. Very interesting and quite refreshing!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
All of Champagne Louis Roederer's vintage wines are in essence separate estate wines, and the rose might be the most spectacular of them all. It is composed of 62% Pinot Noir from Cumieres, the earliest ripening premier cru for that grape variety. The steep south-facing amphitheater that these grapes come from allow for full maceration of all the skins with all the juice, a real trick this far north since one bad bunch can ruin a whole tank. The wine is then blended with 38% Chardonnay from very cool sites in the Grand Cru of Chouilly. This combination gives the wine not only the generous, clean, strawberry fruit of a ripe rose, but also incredible chalky precision and a racy, dry finish. This is classy stuff!
Drink from 2016 to 2030

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
62% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay. Rich round red berry fruit, creamy texture from 20% barrel aging and a crisp acid to back it up. The minerality is bracing and enriching, to make for an overall stellar rosé Champagne. Ready to enjoy now and for years to come!​

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2016 | Send Email
From a Grand Marque that only produces rosé when the conditions are right, the 2010 Roederer is a killer release, beautifully combining labor-intensive saignée method with a “historically perfect” vintage. With sweet-tart notes from racy acid and fragrant red berry fruit, this straightforward rosé is delicious and focused, bright yet easygoing, and sure to be great with food. Worth buying multiple bottles for both drinking now and aging!

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