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2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne (Elsewhere $80)

SKU #1378869 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Just over two-thirds Pinot Noir (Verzenay) and the balance southeast-facing Chardonnay from Chouilly. This has 30% of oak fermentation which has compressed the wine, lending it an air of extreme concentration. The nose is gently spicy, offering peaches and cherries as well as neat autolysis edge. The palate has a powerful, long and assertive feel, with peach and lemon pith, chalky minerals, and some grapefruit. A powerful vintage for Roederer. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This beautiful wine, with its poise, elegance and balance, has both a steely mineral core and an outer ripe-fruit character. It has citrus, tight acidity and rich apple and green-plum flavors. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Roederer’s white golden 2012 Vintage is a classic Millésime. Based on 70% cool-climate Pinot Noir from Verzy and Verzenay (Montagne de Reims) and 30% Chardonnay from a very warm, south/southwest-facing vineyard in Chouilly (Côte des Blancs), the 2012 represents the mineral terroirs of its origins beautifully—pure, refined and fresh. Fermented 8% in oak and with just 16% of the volume having done malolactic fermentation to make the Roederer Vintage Brut a classic gastronomic wine, the 2012 shows a deep, rich and ripe but also fine, precise and elegant chalky nose with hazelnut, toasted almond and blossom flavors. The palate is profound, round, highly elegant and fresh, and the long, remarkably salty finish is very complex and terribly fresh in its persistent mineral expression. This is an impressive, ripe and almost creamy textured but precise and finessed 2012 with power, body and structure. A true, highly stimulating classic. Just love it! Disgorged in January 2017 after four years of bottle aging (dosage: nine grams per liter). (SR) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This mouthwatering version is fine and satiny in texture, featuring citrus peel acidity that frames a well-meshed range of crushed currant, Earl Grey tea and lemon curd flavors, with a rich hint of toasted brioche. The minerally underpinning echoes on the finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

This great Champagne is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from the original estate of Roederer in Verzy, Verzenay and Avize. A little over 8% of the wine is fermented in large oak barrels, while the rest is done in stainless.

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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
It's relatively rare for a champagne house of this size to own its own vineyards, but Roederer is adamant that if they declare a vintage wine, it all must come from its own vineyards. The toast nose belies the zippy, high acid palate and the Verzenay fruit truly shines. Great minerality and citrus notes, this is a fantastic party Champagne, as it is sure to please everyone there.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
As much as I love an underdog, classics are classics for a reason. Roederer delivers so consistently, and this is not an exception to that well-earned reputation. This is a supple champagne, delectably creamy, full of honeyed-brioche, and an elegant, saline, earthy tone that brings it all together for a long, memorable finish. This is luxury champagne, at an exceptionally reasonable price.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
On paper, this vintage champagne has a lot going for it: entirely grand cru fruit from a top producer and the best vintage since 2008. On the palate, it is even better. It has a beautiful nose of cream, subtle toast, smoke and white fruits. It has electrifying, rich, very powerful yet precise fruit on the palate, with a lovely long finish. Worth every penny, maybe even more.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
You’ll be happy to know that all of the Vintage champagne from Roederer are 100% estate grown fruit and organic! The grapes are 30% Chardonnay from Avize and 70% Pinot Noir from Verzenay. This champagne gives a gorgeous richness that is nutty and toasty with notes of fresh red apples and peach and a slight tinge of bitterness on the palate that will make any mouth water.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
Another example of why they call 2012 "The Miracle Vintage," Roederer's 2012 Brut boasts gorgeous structure and an elegant, long-lasting finish. Marrying light brioche toast, orange marmalade, soft floral aromas and pleasing minerality, it is easy to see why this house commands such respect. Their vintage bruts serve as a bench-mark for champagne year after year, and this iteration could be the best yet. A credit to the winemakers, the wine feels impressively deft on the palate despite the weight of its pinot-heavy blend. This bottle is a consummate companion to any celebration, as it is a celebration in and of itself.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
If I could think of a perfect textbook definition of Champange, I think this 2012 Roederer would be it. All vintages Roederer wines come from vineyards own by the estate since the 1770's. The original property in Verzenay makes the Pinot Noir that dominates this vintage Grand Marque. It is classic in every way- toasted brioche fills the nose and mimics on the palate while the long, focused acidity keeps it lively and defined.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
A classic, broad shouldered Champagne from a spectacular vintage, the 2012 Roederer Brut is crafted from seventy percent Pinot Noir from Verzenay, and thirty percent Chardonnay from Avize. Aromas of delicate red currant, white mushroom and toasted almond hint at the depth on the palate, but this wine exceeds expectation. The palate is broad and rich, but balanced, with flavors of underripe pineapple, exotic spices, and even hints of black pepper, making this Brut a knockout for those who value power and length in a Champagne.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Amongst the grande marques, there is no other house bottling vintage Champagnes that are as delicious, affordable, as Louis Roederer. Whether it is their vintage rosé or this 2012, the quality is simply self evident. I think that the Chardonnay here, while not the majority of the cuvee, really marks the wine, with savory and salty fruit. A fantastic, wonderfully expressive vintage Champagne from Louis Roederer.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2018 | Send Email
The vintage brut from Champagne Louis Roederer is a world class Champagne. I love the hazelnut cream and subtle dark cherry on the very giving nose and can't get enough of the concentrated, leesy mid-palate. This is all from the original vineyards first purchased by the family in the late 1700's; 70% Pinot Noir from Verzenay and Verzy and 30% Chardonnay from Chouilly. The special plots destined for the vintage are farmed specifically for this wine, and the dry but powerful Champagne shows off this dedication.
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