N.V. Louis Roederer Brut Premier 375 ml

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Wine & Spirits: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"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." (WS)

"A whiff of sulfur fortunately quickly dissipates from the glass of Roederer’s NV Brut Premier L036325A103612, making way for intimations of the lemony brightness and sappy fruit of peach close to the core that go on to dominate this fruit-forward, mouth-filling blend of four vintages and just over half Pinot Noir. Hints of toasted almond, bitter Seville orange and tangy sweat add interest on an attractively persistent finish. (Roederer utilizes an identifying lot number that is, by a couple of characters, the longest – not to mention one of the least scrutable – in the industry; better this than no lot number!)" (WA)

"($52) (roughly 60% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier; L037415C108930): Bright yellow-gold. Mineral-accented lemon curd and green apple on the nose, with a spicy topnote. Penetrating and dry on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering intense orchard fruit and buttered toast flavors with a touch of bitter cherry pit. Shows impressive focus and lift on the taut, stony finish, which features a suave floral quality. This bottling is consistently among the very best big-house "basic" NV Champagnes." (IWC)

"If you like the house style at Roederer, this is the one for you. As expected, the wine is tight, austere, yeasty and quietly fruity in its slightly citrusy aromas and even a touch flinty. Its mousse is made up of small, insistent bubbles, and its flavors practically crackle with acidity and minerality, yet, its angularity is not to be overlooked. While it will have its fair share of admirers, so too will there be those who find it too much of a good thing." (CG)

"Although this tastes younger than some recent bottlings of this great nonvintage, it is still a fine wine. Its apple flavors meld effortlessly with citrus, grapefruit zest and just a touch of toast to show the depth of flavor that will emerge after a few more months in bottle." (WE)

"Reserve wines add rich, toasty complexity to this blend. The fruit flavors have a red cast, the structure transforming the juiciness of the wine into a mouthwatering, soft line. The hand of the maker is more apparent here than in the other Roederer wines, but it’s a fine hand at work. A lovely aperitif." (W&S)