Two stunning 2008 Champagnes from Louis Roederer.
Louis Roederer, Champagne
2008 Brut Rosé $64.99
John Gilman 94+ points! "The 2008 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé is made from a blend of seventy percent pinot noir and thirty percent chardonnay, with twenty percent of the chardonnay also being aged in the great old foudres in the cellars here, but not going through malolactic. However, in contrast to the Brut Millésime, Maison Roederer uses their pinot noir vineyards in Cumières for this bottling, as these are south-facing vineyards and attain greater phenolic ripeness than their north- easterly exposed vineyards in Verzenay and Verzy. The very complex bouquet is outstanding, delivering a blend of tangerine, wheat toast, wild strawberries, chalky minerality, cinnamon, gentle smokiness, roses and a topnote of citrus peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and utterly seamless, with a fine core of fruit, frothy mousse and great length and grip on the complex and elegant finish. I tasted this wine a year ago, when it was still a bit bound up in its structural elements and underrated it quite a bit, so I was extremely happy to see it again in Reims in late March. A great wine- again, could the superior viticulture already be paying major dividends? One of the finest non-Cristal Rosés I have ever tasted from Louis Roederer! 2014- 2040+."
2008 Blanc de Blancs - $74.99
Since the 2002 vintage these two Champagne cuvées from Roederer have really held our attention. The house has been making fantastic wines the past several years, and here is are two new releases of our favorites. We actually had the 2008 Brut Rosé last year, but with some more time on the lees as Gilman notes above it has really started to shine - for the record, we thought it absolutely delicious on its original release last year - and we can only imagine how good it has become. The 2008 Blanc de Blancs should come close to rivaling Cristal in this vintage, and as Richard Juhlin has often given 95/96 points scores in top years this should be on par with the best and we expect this to have the most cut and precision since 1996. Highly recommended Champagnes that would make excellent drinks later this year and even better candidates for the cellar.