A great price for vintage Champagne in today's market the 2014 is a fantastic rendition of the Vintage Brut and is one of the best examples Roderer has ever produced of this Cuvee. Champagne buys like this are becoming more challenging to find, but we were able to keep our same low pricing here. Excellent reviews by William Kelley and John Gilman below; this is a great buy and bottle that competes with Champagnes twice the price.
Here is another excellent release of Roederers brut vintage, which continues to be a fantastic bottle from one of Champagne's most recognized houses. It's a Cuvee that is consistently great, and though we don't talk much about the 2014 vintage in Champagne, this is a stunning example of what it looks like in the right hands. Roederer's vintage brut is a beautiful showing of Pinot Noir from Verzy in the Montagne de Reims, sourcing from plots that face northeast, a bit of an against the grain exposure, but allows the Pinot Noir here to ripen slowly and build complexity through hang time on the vine. The blend is supplemented by 30% Chardonnay, bringing vivacity and lift to the Pinot's power and structure. After fermentation, 30% of the blend is aged in oak before bottling, with more aging on the lees for at least four years. Indeed an incredible creation by Roederer's Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, who never fails to create Champagnes that are exciting and vinous by nature. 2014 shows grander flavors and riper fruits but with incredible finesse and precision, never losing balance, and is really only a couple of points behind Cristal at a fraction of the price. 2014 is one of the best vintages of all time for the Brut Vintage, showing the house's expertise and style flawlessly, coming highly recommended for vintage Champagne. We have friendly pricing on this new release with some of the only bottles currently available in the USA.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 95 points! "Roederer's 2014 Brut Vintage is beautiful, offering up aromas of pear, mirabelle plum, red berries, warm biscuits and smoke. Full-bodied, layered and elegantly muscular, it's seamless and complete, with terrific mid-palate depth and amplitude. Framed by bright acids and enlivened by a pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a penetrating finish. The blend is 70% Pinot Noir, emphasizing Verzy, and pressure is a touch higher than in its more ethereal Blanc de Blancs counterpart. As I wrote of its 2013 predecessor, this is a wine that puts many prestige cuvées to shame."
John Gilman 94 points! "The 2014 Louis Roederer Brut Millésime is composed of entirely grand cru fruit, with the cépages this year being seventy-one percent pinot noir (all from the village of Verzy on the Montagne de Reims) and twenty-nine percent chardonnay (from the village of Chouilly in the heart of the Côte des Blancs). Twenty-five percent of the vins clairs were barrel-fermented and aged in cask, and only twenty percent of the blend went through malolactic fermentation this year. The finishing dosage is eight grams per liter. The wine is very refined on the nose, offering up a youthful blend of apple, white peach, chalky minerality (with a touch of Verzy’s steeliness also in evidence), warm bread, just a touch of hazelnut, gentle smokiness and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with bright acids, excellent mid-palate depth and mineral drive, refined mousse and a very long, pure and beautifully balanced finish. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and his team at Louis Roederer are at the absolute top of their game right now and this is a stunning wine in the making. It is certainly very drinkable today, but I would be inclined to give it a handful of years in the cellar and let its acids relax a bit more and allow the wine really to blossom! 2026-2065+. (Sep/Oct 2021)"