Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
“Roederer is without doubt a brilliant Champagne house with an exceptional portfolio of wines... In my opinion, this house is one of the four best in all of Champagne.”Richard Juhlin
Louis Roederer’s downright beautiful flagship Champagne, ‘Cristal’, is without doubt one of the very finest wines from the region – brilliantly complex, long-lived, powerful, and nuanced. And, the House’s so-called entry level “Brut Premier” will surpass many vintage Champagnes yet we have a limited parcel available here at just a fraction of the price…
This Cuvee boasts an impressive 92 points from various leading Champagne critics including Richard Juhlin and Essi Avellan.Antonio Galloni loves the wine too and sums it up perfectly as follows: “…a gorgeous wine that stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of wines in its price range… Roederer isone of my favorite Champagne houses. Every wine that emerges from this cellar in Reims is impeccable.”
So, if you love the richer Cristal, Bollinger, and Krug styles for example, then this is an absolutely belting no-brainer – toasty, complex, generous, and refined – and at this price, it’s a sure-fire winner… While other Champagne houses have been raising their prices steadily over the past few years Roederer Brut Premier has seen only a small increase and is for us the best value NV Champagne you can find. Highly recommended!
- Price: £29.63 per bottle
- Pack Size: 12 x 0.75L
- Status: IB
- Quantity: 6 Btls
- ETA: May 2018
Tasting Notes and Scores
Roederer's NV Brut Premier is a classic and blends about 40% Pinot Noir (from Bouzy and Ambonnay), with 20-25% Meunier (whose share is declining in this blend) and Chardonnay. Two-thirds of the grapes come from estate vineyards, one-third is purchased. (Mind you that all the other Roederer cuvées are sourced exclusively form their own vineyards!) The newest release of the Premier is based on 75% 2009 and 25% reserve wines, which are, since 1996, single vintage wines aged in large oak casks between 6,000 and 10,000 liters. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon holds 160 vats of reserve wines that are stored blank, so without lees, which otherwise would dominate the taste, says Lécaillon. "I don't like the reductive yeast flavors. Instead I am searching for a slightly oxidative and oaky style in my reserve wine." Lécaillon's youngest Premier did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine opens very bright, precise and refined, with toasty and white chocolate flavors. Absolutely delicate and elegant on the palate, this is a light, silky textured and remarkably finesse-full Champagne that is fresh on the palate, thanks to its structure and slightly oaky flavors. Excellent. (Stephan Reinhardt)
– The Wine Advocate#225, June 2016
A pretty note of apple blossom runs through this elegant Champagne, which is bright and juicy, offering flavors of green and yellow apple, tangerine and ground ginger, with a hint of graham cracker. Shows lovely texture, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018. 42,000 cases imported.
– Wine Spectator, November 2011
Invariably praised, nonvintage Champagne with a high proportion of reserve wines that had been stored in big oak barrels. Four years in the bottle before disgorging only the first pressing is used. For several years, an appley, storable, and decently good nonvintage Champagne. Today, a Cristal-like Champagne with outstanding finesse.
–champagneclub.com, Richard Juhlin