This concentrated yet fresh Rosé 2007, the product of August harvests, is a good example of “Roederer style” rosés with all the concentration, fruitiness and compactness of Pinot Noir de Cumières, transcended by the elegance, purity and freshness of great Côte des Blancs Chardonnays... Real Burgundy overtones in Champagne territory!
- FRA - Champagne
Roederer’s 2007 Brut Vintage Rose is surprisingly fruit driven and forward in this vintage, despite its mid-weight, gracious personality. The 2007 doesn’t have as much complexity or finesse as the best Roederer Champagnes, but it makes up for that with layers of rich, creamy fruit and a totally inviting finish. With time in the glass, the 2007 turns increasingly more delicate, but ultimately it remains a wine to enjoy young for its exceptional balance and sheer deliciousness. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
Roederer fans will find plenty of delicious wines in this lineup. Best of all, many of the best wines this year won’t break the bank. Unfortunately I did not taste Roederer’s NV wines, as the house does not list disgorgement dates or base vintages on their labels. Still, there are few estates in Champagne that are so consistently outstanding across their entire range.
Rating 92 - Antonio Galloni eRobertParker.com (NOV/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
66% Pinot noir – 34% Chardonnay – 20% wines matured in wood (oak barrels) with weekly batonnage – No malolactic fermentation. To make its rosé champagnes, Louis Roederer always uses the saignée method.
An evanescent light pink colour, with shiny salmony hints. Delicate bubbles, which quickly form a steady, creamy flow.
The intense deep bouquet reveals a succession of finely complex aromatic “layers”: first of all fruity, almost tart aromas of wild raspberry and bilberry, reminiscent of a mountain fruit sabayon; next, sweet, warm, delicately rosy “pink macaroon” floral hints,along with pithy citrus, orange and pink grapefruit; finally, there are warm, sweet, spicy notes, recalling the subtle use made of oak wood by Louis Roederer: hints of lightly toasted dried fruits, cocoa and chocolate.
It has a lively bite in the mouth – full-bodied, creamy, dense and balanced: a “gourmet” treat! The tactile approach of the ripe Pinot Noir is very clear: rich and meaty, concentrated but not at all heavy, a combination of ripe fruit and precise, fresh flavours. The delicate, almost teasing bubbles add to this suave impression, which literally encompasses the sharp freshness. Following this first highly seductive contact, the “tight”, “sculpted” winy structure of the Pinot Noir appears once more, along with almost jam-like fruity, floral flavours, blending in perfectly with the minerality and freshness of the Chardonnays.