Louis Roederer "Carte Blanche" Demi-Sec Champagne

SKU #1323953 91 points John Gilman

 The Louis Roederer’s bottling of “Carte Blanche” Demi-Sec is comprised of a blend of forty percent each chardonnay and pinot noir, with twenty percent pinot meunier. Five percent of the blend is barrel-fermented and the wine is aged three years sur latte prior to disgorgement, with the wine also spending an additional six months after dégorgement recovering in the cellars in Reims prior to its release. The cuvée was finished off with a dosage of thirty-eight grams per liter. The bouquet is deep and serious, offering up a fine blend of apple, white peach, patissière, spring flowers and a lovely base of complex minerality. On the palate the wine is pure and full-bodied, with a fine core, excellent mineral drive, brisk acids, moderate backend sweetness and lovely cut and grip on the long and classy finish. There is impressive precision on the tail-end of this wine, as the combination of residual sweetness, minerality and acidity are woven together beautiful. Fine juice. (Drink between 2015-2025)  (7/2015)

91 points Vinous

 The NV Demi Sec Carte Blanche is a beautiful wine in this style, with striking textural depth and nuance. Pear, apple, jasmine and mint notes abound in a very pretty, highly expressive Champagne to drink over the next few years. This is an impeccable wine in the Demi-Sec style. This release is based on the 2010 vintage. The higher level of sugar works beautifully to balance some of the austerity seen in other 2010s here such as the Rosé. Dosage is 38 grams/Liter. (AG)  (11/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 0 The wine is only just off dry, giving a wine that is deliciously crisp and fruity. Ripe apple and creamed pear flavors are lifted by balanced acidity. The fruitiness and the just off-dry character make this a wine that would be just as good as an apéritif as with food. (RV)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

This blend of 40% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay and 20% Meunier is dosed at 38g/l to make it perect for serving with desserts. Anyone who likes the sweeter styles of Champagne should try this top quality offering from Roederer. -Gary Westby

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2017 | Send Email
I took this home on a whim without realizing it was a demi-sec and opened it one night after bringing home a fried chicken sandwich topped with spicy wasabi coleslaw. Now, some people may scoff at a demi-sec Champagne but if anyone can do it right, it's the house of Roederer. After the first sip I immediately realized that I hadn't brought home a Brut, but was pleasantly surprised (and pretty happy) that of all nights, I decided to open this on a spicy fried chicken sandwich night! Fried chicken and Champagne is already one of those mystical high-low pairings that works like magic, but factor in a little residual sugar and spice...whoa Nelly. The wine is soft, still has some lift from a vein of acidity and elegant all at once. The fruit is ripe and creamy and it all manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, despite the fact it's dosed at 38gm/L. If there ever was a balanced demi-sec, this would be it.

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Other White Wines

Country:

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