Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2014
At the heart of the Cote des Blancs vineyards, where Chardonnay expresses itself with so much finesse and subtlety on limestone soils, Louis Roederer selected two exceptional grands crus (Le Mesnil sur Oger and Avize) whose distinctive and complementary characteristics allow intense wines to be produced, expressing both finesse and rich aromas. This elegant, racy cuvee quickly became the favorite wine of the Roederer family for major family events.
A “weather waltz”, and one with clear, sharp contrasts! The spring was sunny and dry and ended with a heatwave in June; summer was autumnal, cool and rainy; September was hot, sunny and very dry… weather we would usually associate with the month of August. The ‘key’ to the vintage lay in the soils as well as in the work carried out by the winegrowers. The good drainage properties of the chalk on the lower-middle part of the hillside helped greatly by allowing the excess water from the summer to drain away which limited any excess vigor in the vines. These factors were complemented by the increasingly eco-friendly viticultural practices which allow the house to take their quest for grapes of perfect balance and maturity even further.
On the eye: Bright golden hue flecked with green. Slow, gentle and steady bubbles.
On the nose: Very pure, delicate and ethereal bouquet. Delicate hints of flowers (honeysuckle, jasmine), ripe, fine and almost roasted citrus fruit (citron). These are followed by iodized, sea-breeze aromas, combined with the warm, sweet notes of freshly-baked pastries.
On the palate: After a fresh, energetic entry to the palate, the wine is dense, delicately zesty and invigorating. A predominantly saline character overlays flavors of citrus fruit (orange), harvest (almond, wheat) and Madagascan vanilla. The soft, melting bubbles give way to a limestone freshness, revealing an end-palate that seems light and powdery at first, but which surprises us with a real acceleration on the finish created by its elegant tannins and roasted spices.