Grape: 42% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier
Tasting Notes: Apple, Walnuts, Brioche, Caramel
Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 in Reims, France and is one of the rare family-owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family. They are one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75 percent of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne.
This Roederer NV is a new-format non-vintage that designates the year of the 243rd harvest which was 2018. It is comprised of wine from 2018 (59%), plus reserve wine (31%) from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 plus 10% from large oak barrel reserves going back to 2009.
Collection has all its warmth and generosity thanks to the perfect ripeness of the fruit harvested in the 2018 vintage. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, complex and expressive, it's dense and structured, with bright acids. The 243 was also bottled with a bit less sugar than the norm, which results in lower atmospheres of pressure in the bottle and silkier texture. Flavors of walnuts, gingerbread, pear, nectarine, dried lemon, lime, minerals, brioche, and green apples with nuances of caramel caress the harmonious palate. The finish is energetic and fresh. A good match with monkfish, shellfish and, of course, oysters.