We received our shipment of 2014 Brut Rose from Louis Roederer, the same house that behind Cristal. 2014 is a blend of 63% Pinot Noir from the village of Cumiers and 37% Chardonnay from parcels throughout the Cote de Blancs. The Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay are co-fermented, which one of the techniques that Louis Roderer uses for their Rose's, a process they call 'Infusion,' with 24% vinified in oak barrels. The expression of the Pinot Noir here is truly exceptional and complex. Since this didn't go through Malolactic fermentation, this Champagne is unbelievably fresh with gorgeous ripe red fruits, citrus, spice, white flowers, and a chalky minerality. Impressively complex and balanced, this is an elegant and very likable Champagne. As Galloni notes below, it is drinking very well even in this earlier stage but still has the structure for some cellar time. The 2014 rose is a very impressive rendition that is worth checking out and is one of Louis Roederer's utmost efforts of all time.
Antonio Galloni 93 points! "The 2014 Rosé is soft, gracious and in inviting, all in a delicate style that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. Orange peel, spice, mint, star anise, rose petal and dried flowers give the 2014 a decidedly exotic feel. Airy and perfumed, with lovely understated persistence, the 2014 is a very pretty wine. I would prefer to drink it on the young side. Like all of the Roederer Rosés. The vintage Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay (in this case from Chouilly) and an infusion of still red Pinot (from Cumières) that was given 7-10 days of cold soak. Dosage is 8 grams per liter."
John Gilman 93 points! "The Cumières signature that is always found in the Louis Roederer vintage Brut Rosé is very much apparent in this excellent 2014 version, as this village always produced a riper interpretation of the grape and which works so beautifully in Rosés. The cépages this year is its customary blend of seventy percent pinot noir from very chalky vineyards in Cumières and thirty percent chardonnay from the village of Cuis in the Côte des Blancs. Twenty percent of the vins clairs this year are aged in larger oak casks prior to blending and bottling. The wine offers up a beautiful young bouquet of tart strawberries, peach, sourdough bread, a touch of caraway seed, a beautiful base of chalky soil tones and a discreetly smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a fine core, excellent soil signature, elegant mousse and a very long, very pure and classy finish. This is approachable today, but it will really be a waste of bottles to not give it a few more years of bottle age prior to really drinking it with abandon!"