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Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1061260 92 points John Gilman

 The new release of Brut Premier is from the base year of 2012 and was disgorged in the spring of 2016, after spending three years aging on its fine lees. The wine is its customary blend of forty percent each of chardonnay and pinot noir and twenty percent pinot meunier. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a complex and still youthful blend of apple, white peach, gentle leesiness, patissière, lovely soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and beautifully balanced, with excellent mid-palate depth, refined mousse, excellent focus and grip and a long, poised and complex finish. This will be even better with some bottle age and is a fine iteration of this consistently excellent cuvée. (Drink between 2017-2037)  (3/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 The nose is super fresh and has plenty of ripe strawberries, along with lemons and grapefruit. The palate has a tense, fresh, mineral-salt core and then layers of fleshier, supple fruit. All you want in a great NV! This is 75 per cent from the cooler 2013 harvest, the balance made up of reserve wines, ten per cent of which is much older material. Drink or hold.  (9/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Based on the 2013 vintage (75%) and complemented with 25% reserve wines going back to 2006, Roederer's NV Brut Premier (2013) has a straw yellow color and offers lovely intensity and finesse on the nose, displaying brioche and honey notes along with ripe white fruit and flowery aromas. Round and fresh on the beautifully balanced palate and with a refreshing citrus flavor in the clear, crisp and pure finish, this is a very elegant, vital and stimulating cuvée made of 35% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Meunier. According to Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, 2013 was a very good vintage for Pinot Noir. '2013 was a late harvest. We picked the grapes only in October,' explained Lécaillon, who used 55% own grapes for the Brut Premier. 'In wet years, the percentage of Meunier is always higher because Meunier doesn't need to be super ripe. I am happy with 9.5% alcohol here because I need the clear and crisp freshness to balance the vinosity of Pinot.' It is the wine of the purchased, less ripe grapes from the Marne Valley that undergoes the process of malolactic fermentation (in total: 40%), Lécaillon said, and he never sends Chardonnay into the second (malolactic) fermentation in order to avoid the butterscotch flavors. To make a long story short: Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic aperitif and gastronomic wine that can be served everywhere and anytime. Tasted in Reims in May 2018. (SR)  (6/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A bright and lacy Champagne, in an aperitif style, with citronella and smoke aromas to the rich flavors of crushed currant, lemon pastry cream and toast. Minerally finish. Drink now through 2021. (AN)  (11/2018)

90 points Decanter

 Know for its high percentage of estate vineyards, this excellent non-vintage only uses approximately 10% of bought-in Pinot Meunier - the remainder is a rough 50/50 split between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay estate fruit. It has a zesty lemon and fresh apple character, with a steely mineral note and some wood and cream in the background. This is fresh, but nicely rounded. (JB)  (10/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This is the only Roederer blend to include lots that have undergone malolactic conversion, enriching both the wine’s flavor and its heft. Widely available in 750-milliliter bottles, this feels brisk and zesty when poured from a magnum, a cool and juicy Champagne with some flinty smoke in the finish.  (12/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Roederer's nonvintage cuvée is ripe and bright. The acidity and clean white-fruit flavors show strongly, allied to a tangy texture. It is a little drier than previous bottlings, a product of the ripe fruit that needed less dosage. Drink now. (RV)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

From the makers of Cristal, this is a rich, toasty style. Roederer grows two-thirds of the fruit that it needs for this Champagne on their own extensive 500-acre estate. Their vineyards are spread throughout the Champagne region with holdings in the Côtes de Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, and Montagne de Reims. The Brut Premier comes only from Grand and Premier cru sites, and does not go through malolactic fermentation. It is 56% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 10% Meunier. It is aged three years on the lees and a generous six months on the cork before release. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)


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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2016 | 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!

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Other White Wines

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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12