Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2014
This vintage champagne, aims to capture the ultimate expression of the Pinot noir from Louis Roederer's “La Montagne” estate, concentrated on the original vines purchased by the Champagne House. The Vintage is therefore a testament to an exceptional year, a snapshot of a terroir that has undergone a slow maturation process.
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 increasingly eco-friendly viticultural practices.
On the eye: Yellow hue with shimmering, slightly amber, tints. Steady yet vibrant bubbles.
On the nose: Soft, almost sweet, intense and deep bouquet of slightly tart yellow (peach) and red (red currant) fruits. Hints of spice, cocoa beans and smoke add to this generous, complex and gastronomic bouquet.
On the palate: Broad, fruity and dense on the palate. The concentrated, ripe red fruit is transformed into nectar... a sensation of sweet concentration which turns to velvet thanks to the silky smooth, almost sensual, bubbles.
Varietals: 71% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay
Appellation: Verzy, Chouilly in the ‟La Montagne” Estate