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Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne

SKU #100110 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 42% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 18% Meunier from 55% estate vineyards; 16% fermented and matured in oak casks; 30% malolactic. The rise and evolution of this cuvée over the past 15 years, and particularly since the construction of its dedicated facility in 2007, has showed no sign of slowing today, as Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon continues his fanatical regime of experimenting, tweaking and refining every detail. I’ve long adored Brut Premier, a grand pinnacle and dependable bargain in the non-vintage Champagne stakes. (TS) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very composed and convincing Brut Premier that is based on the 2016 harvest. The aromas run through lemon and peach to fresh hazelnut, brioche and gently flinty notes. The palate has piercing flavors of grapefruit, lemon, peach and pink berries. Seamless and layered textural build. Fresh finish. Impressive. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by 25% reserve wines, the latest rendition of Laurent Roederer's NV Brut Premier is showing nicely, opening in the glass with aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, Anjou pear, white peach, pastry cream and subtle hints of freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, with a delicate pinpoint mousse, ripe but racy acids and exquisite balance, this is a beautiful Brut Premier that will age in style; indeed, it will be even better with some bottle age. This is among the finest examples in its category and comes warmly recommended. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Always a fine nonvintage cuvée, this richly textured Champagne has weight to go with the wine’s structured fruitiness. White fruits are laced with lime juice and this bottling has a hint of age in its nutty background. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Racy acidity drives this sleek Champagne, swathed in a lovely, creamy mousse as it carries a finely meshed range of poached pear and star fruit, pickled ginger and Meyer lemon zest. Lithe and graceful, with a lasting, mineral-laced finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Coming mostly from estate fruit, the NV Brut Premier is a terrific value offering lots of golden apple and white flower notes, medium-bodied, richness, and a textured, balanced, layered mouthfeel. It’s beautifully done and one classy Champagne to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon allows some malolactic conversion in the wines for Brut Premier, which include some purchased fruit (all of Roederer’s vintage wines are estate grown). That buttercream note is immediately apparent in this latest release, but if you give it time to open—or a year in the cellar—the initial richness gains tension and chalky savor. It’s a generous aperitif. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

From the makers of Cristal, this is a rich and toasty-styled Champagne. Roederer grows two-thirds of the fruit for this wine on their own extensive 500-acre estate. Their vineyards are spread throughout the Champagne region with holdings in the Côtes de Blancs, Valley of the Marne and Montagne de Reims. The Brut Premier comes only from Grand and Premier cru sites, and does not go through malolactic fermentation.


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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2020 | Send Email
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This is one of my favorite Grand Marque houses and this particular champagne has great quality and is also a really good value. Toasty nose, with rich fruit. On the palate, golden apples and cream with a finish of bright, yet subtle, acidity. A really lovely champagne that works well on its own or with a meal. Update-12/2/2020. Eight years since I reviewed this?! Get on the ball, Scott. After 8 years, the quality of this bottling has gone up exponentially. More white-fruited, with floral scents and cream. Citrus and dry cherry fruit on the palate, with minerals, cream and a hint of toast. Elegant and a bit too easy to drink! This house is consistently upgrading its wines, so it's a win-win situation.
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By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
A beautiful, textural, classic champagne for all audiences. Plenty of crisp refreshment, balanced by a rich, yeasty undercurrent from long, patient time spent aging on the lees. Organic and biodynamically farmed-- always good to see the big houses set precedent for such trends. Creamy and broad on the palate, with notes of lemon curd, and a pleasant mineral finish.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
Roederer takes great care to make sure they are putting the best fruit possible into this entry level nonvintage brut, and the quality is evident at a very reasonable price, considering. Over 55% of the fruit is estate-owned and environmentally consciously grown. It’s full of rich bright white fruits; pear, nectarine, with note of honey, a touch of smoke and toasty lees that can’t be beat. The juice is partially aged in oak tuns, giving added texture and depth. Amongst our Grand Marque Bruts, this is always a favorite.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
The Louis Roederer Brut Premier is as fine a champagne as the next. The nose has succulent golden fruit with hints of fresh toast and the palate exemplifies the perfect balance between richness and freshness. 55% of Roederer’s grapes are estate grown and organic! You’ll be happy to know that all of the Vintage champagne from Roederer are 100% estate grown fruit!

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
I have special memories of the Roederer Brut Champagne. Two years ago on New Years Eve, my friends and I opened a Jeroboam of this lovely wine. We enjoyed the bottle during our flavorful dinner and poured the final glasses out of the bottle just in time to ring in 2017. The richer, toasted brioche character went well with our winter dinner menu but it is also well balanced enough to easily drink on its own.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
This is great Champagne- and perhaps one of the best values for money in any category of wine. Louis Roederer has been pushing quality like few others in the region over the last decade, and no wine shows the heights that they have reached as well as the Brut Premier. With massive investment in organic viticulture, including a massive purchase of 1er vineyards from Leclerc-Briant, a return to plowing in the vineyard instead of chemical treatment and obsession with every detail in the winery they have created something here that has no rival among the big names, especially at this price. The 1/3 of the fruit that they buy comes from growers like Benoit Marguet- so you know they are getting top stuff. While most of my time is spent advocating for single origin Champagnes, this bottle is a great argument for blending and the balance that cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon created here is second to none. This wine has a great brioche nose and plenty of vivacious sparkle. It is a perfect aperitif!

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2012 | Send Email
This is my favorite entry tier wine from a big house. The quality is a step above due to careful wine making and a touch of reserve wines in the blend to add depth and nuance to a very affordable bottle of bubbles. Taking a look at my notes going back three testing’s, the most consistent notes that came up again and again were delicate white flowers and spiced pears, these delicate flavors combine with good acidity and a finely textured mouth feel make for a bottle of wine that can be enjoyed by many.

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