2010 Louis Roederer Vintage Blanc de Blancs

Year: 2010
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"A mouthwatering Champagne that's well-meshed and elegant, setting expressive notes of golden raisin, pineapple pâte de fruit, slivered almond and pickled ginger on a finely detailed, satiny texture. Smoky finish. Drink now through 2026. 135 cases imported. –AN " (WS)

"An overachiever in this range, the 2010 Brut Blanc de Blancs is terrific. Green apple, mint, white flowers and mineral-driven notes give the 2010 freshness vivacity and lift. The Blanc de Blancs is one of the hidden gems in the Roederer lineup and does not seem to get much attention. That is a shame, as it is a first class wine all the way." (VM)

"Reminiscent of a great Puligny with bubbles! A selection of four early ripening parcels from Avize. Very expressive flesh and weight, followed by an assertive core of deep set fruit. Toasty hazelnuts and autolysis warmth across lemon, grapefruit and nectarine. The palate has a smooth, playfully tart yet ripe feel. A very seductive, caressing finish. Drink now." (JS)

"This latest Blanc de Blancs vintage from Roederer is well poised and balanced, already offering a hint of toast, while the minerality is prominent. It is in a dry style, relying on the ripe fruit to soften the impact of the acidity. A beautiful wine, ready to drink." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Louis Roederer‘s familiarity with the terroirs dates back to 1776, practicing separate winemaking processes and controlling the production of bubbles. At the heart of the Côte des Blancs vineyards, where chardonnay expresses itself with so much finesse and subtlety on limestone soils, Louis Roederer selected an exceptional grand cru (Avize) whose distinctive and complementary characteristics allow intense wines to be produced, expressing both finesse and rich aromas. This elegant, racy cuvée quickly became the favorite wine of the Roederer family for major family events. Blanc de Blancs is 100% estate-bottled from the grapes of the historic family-owned vineyards.

The Blanc de Blancs 2010 cuvée has been drawn off at low pressure to ensure a fuller, richer flow of bubbles. The wine is aged for 5 years in the cellars and left for a minimum of 6 months after disgorging to attain the perfect maturity. The dosage is 9 g/l.

Tasting Notes:
A yellow-gold color with subtle green tints. Subtle and smooth effervescence. An intense bouquet of golden plum and tangy mango, candied lemon, flowers (mimosa) and buttery pastries. A light aeration reveals hints of sugared almonds (ground almonds), white chocolate with a slight vanilla edge and baked apples. The expectation is for a substantial and voluminous follow-up, but instead the initial intensity subsides revealing the precision, purity and chalky, mineral freshness of the grand Avize chardonnays.

Harvest Notes:
A fresh and contrasting year marked by a particularly cold winter with heavy frosts, followed by a dry and cool spring and early summer. A shocking climatic turnaround in August and September with two very wet and humid months which complicated ripening at the end of the season. Only a few south-facing plots and vines with very few grapes achieved satisfactory ripening. 2010 is a contrasting vintage, between the fragility of the pinot, sorted very carefully, and the triumph of some great chardonnays on the Côte des Blancs!