About This Wine
You have to love the “American connection” to this classic French wine.
Louis Roederer has been crafting sparkling wine in the Champagne region of France since the very year that the United States came into being — 1776. So, in our book, it’s perfectly acceptable to celebrate America’s independence with a bottle of exquisite French Champagne.
What makes Louis Roederer’s Brut Premier so good? For the answer, we went to the man who assembled it: Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. “Brut Premier uses all three Champagne grape varieties from more than 40 plots,” he says. “The wine is an assemblage of six vintages, a part of which comes from the Louis Roederer reserve wine collection, matured in oak casks for several years.”
Adds Lécaillon: “It is matured for three years in the cellar, and rested for six months after disgorgement to perfect maturity.” It’s a sparkling beauty that you can enjoy now, or cellar several years for a special occasion — like the 4th of July.
Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation. It is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France.
- Grape Composition:40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier
- Grape Source:Champagne Growing Region of France
- Aromas & Flavors:Bread Dough, Ginger, Toffee, Vanilla, Lemon, Lime & Apple
- Aging Vessels:Part of Assemblage in French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2018
- Food Pairing Suggestionfoie gras with almond jelly, or shellfish.
This Roederer nonvintage seems to be getting drier, bringing out more of the green fruits and less creamy character. It works well here because the wine has some bottle age, giving a beautifully balanced wine that has great class and elegance.