2009 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne

SKU #1323950 94 points James Suckling

 A set of more north-facing vineyards here deliver a more restrained, mineral and compact pinot noir. Nevertheless, the nose has terrific ripe-fruit expression (a warmer vintage), and the oak fermentation (30%) works well to wrap the exuberant fruit into the mix of more mineral characters. The palate has plenty of lemon and grapefruit citrus, lemon zest and honey. This has done no malolactic and really delivers on the finish. Wonderfully clean, balanced and layered. Drinking well now but age through to 2025 with confidence for a more savory style.  (10/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This rich wine is full of ripe white and citrus fruits that combine easily with the tangy, tight texture that comes from the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It is still young, the sort of wine that needs to age to bring out its full potential. Drink this very fine vintage from 2018. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2016)

93 points Vinous

 All of the natural richness and raciness of the year comes through in Roederer's 2009 Brut Vintage. Creamy, ample and generous, the 2009 radiates with Pinot character. Dried pear, hazelnut, spice and anise add layers of nuance to this super-expressive and highly pleasurable Champagne. All the elements are simply in harmony. (AG)  (12/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Ripe and supple, this wine’s structure is muscular and its acidity youthfully abrasive. As it settles with air, the wine’s scents of red fruit and roses take on a quiet elegance. A bold 2009, this needs a few years in the cellar to mellow.  (12/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This elegant Champagne is bright, with well-cut acidity married to a fine and creamy mousse and flavors of currant, toast, smoke-tinged mineral, white cherry and mandarin orange peel, followed by a fresh, lingering finish. Drink now through 2027. (AN)  (11/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Estate bottled, so always from same 10 parcels, chosen for their style. Soil is more influential than blend. From 7 ha in Verzenay on chalk and clay. The Pinot Noir is a bit austere with some oyster shells. Plus 3 ha of south-east-facing Chouilly Chardonnay. 70% very cool Pinot Noir and 30% ripe Chardonnay fermented separately. Sometimes one of the 10 blocks is not used. Up to 50% of the Pinot is fermented in large old oak. No malo. They released the 2009 before the 2008. Dosage 8 g/l. Broad, savoury nose – really quite meaty! Lots of depth on the nose. Racy, bone dry and rather majestic on the palate. Big and bold. (JR) 17.5/20 points  (8/2017)

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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