Tuesday 30 May 2023

A Louis Roederer Lunch Tasting

I was invited by Vinunic to a lunch tasting at Agnes (great food as always). Alexis Deligny from the estate conducted the tasting with charm and humour.

2015 Blanc de Blancs
A fresh, forward nose with notes of lemon candy, smoke, chrushed rocks and white flowers. Very delicate and fine.
The taste is tight and refined with a racy acidity and a long lasting intensity. Very fine. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2023/05)

2016 Rosé
A gorgeous rosé with a deep, focused nose with notes of wild strawberries, sun warm rocks, dried raspberries and a fine perfumed note.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dried strawberries, flint, raspberry licorice and dried flowers. Very long. 5+ years. 62% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
94p   (tasted 2023/05)

2015 Brut
A handsome, electric nose with notes of lemon cream, steel, wet cement and white flowers. Very fine.
The taste is racy and balanced with a cleansing acidity and lots of yellow fruits. A bit closed. Very long. 8+ years. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
93p   (tasted 2023/05)

2015 Cristal
Very deep, very focused and very lovely, with gorgeous notes of white peach, red apples, almond paste and ripe flowers. A lovely salinity.
The taste is rich and rewarding with a stunning intensity and balance. Boatloads of ripe lemons, red apples, spices and chrushed rocks. Very, very long. 10+ years. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
96p   (tasted 2023/05)

Collection 244
Based on the 2019 vintage (54%), and the rest from the perpetual reserve (vintages between 2012 - 2018). The nose is young and mineral laden with notes of dark bread, red apples and grass. Very fine.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of warm grass, dry passionfruit and lots of chrushed rocks. 5+ years. 41% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir & 26% Pinot Meunier.
92p   (tasted 2023/05)

Collection 243
From magnum. A tight, stony nose with notes of lemon cream, violets, red apples and assorted spices. Very fine.
The taste is crisp and steely with notes of lemon zest, white peach and flint. A very fine structure for aging. Based on the 2018 vintage (59%). 42% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir & 18% Pinor Meunier.
92p   (tasted 2023/05)

Collection 242
From magnum. A deep, creamy nose with notes of brioche, Lily of the Valley, ripe lemons and steel. Very, very good.
The taste is nicely concentrated with a cool lemon fruit, a fine acidity and a medium long finish. 4+ years. 42% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir & 22% Pinot Meunier.
90p   (tasted 2023/05)

Collection 241
From magnum. A somewhat restrained nose with notes of dry nuts, candied lemons, gravel and a slight metallic touch. Very good.
The taste is dry and a tad foursquare with notes of hay, apple peel, gravel and nuts. Medium bodied. Don´t know if aging will develop it, but I will find out, since I have a magnum of this... 42% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay & 18% Pinot Meunier.
87p   (tasted 2023/05)

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