Grape: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Citrus, Apple, Brioche, Almond
Founded in 1776, the same family has owned it since 1819. Louis Roederer isn’t just another big Champagne house. First off, it’s still family-owned—a rarity. Second, the family grows their own vines--another rarity. The master blenders of Louis Roederer always find a way to express their elegant house style with everything in perfect harmony. Today, Frédéric Rouzaud represents the sixth generation of the family business.
This Under-$100 Younger Sibling to the $275 Cristal is showing brilliantly. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, elegantly muscular with a taut spine of acidity. The creamy, energetic palate brings forth flavors of green apple, pear, lemon, brioche, toast, apricot, strawberry, oak, minerals, and almonds. As it matures, it will deepen and become even more intense. You can drink it now or in 10 years, when it reaches its full potential. Wonderful on its own or with oysters and canopies and even roast pork with crackling and roasted seasonal vegetables.