Fascinated by the diversity of aromatic expression of the pinot noir grape in Champagne, Louis Roederer decided to elaborate his Vintage Brut on the structure and power of the pinot noirs of the Montagne de Reims, where the north-northeast facing vines are slower to ripen and give often rough and closed wines at the start of maturation, the personality of which becomes remarkably more refined and intense under the effects of oak barrels and time. In 1850, he decided to buy more than 15 hectares of prime Verzenay vineyards so as to control the combination of the grapes for this wine.
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The 2006 Brut Vintage literally jumps from the glass with rich layers of deep, resonant fruit. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2006 impresses for its sheer volume and size, but at the same time it retains the characteristic Roederer finesse. The elegant and sheer polish of the finish is more than enough to make it impossible to resist a second taste. This is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous wine from Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon and his team. The 2006 is mostly Pinot from the north-facing Verzenay, which gives the wine much of its tension and sheer energy. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026. Rating 93 - Antonio Galloni, Drink 2012 - 2026, eRobertParker.com #1112 Nov 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale amber yellow in colour, with gold highlights. The mousse is fine, light and persistent.
The intense nose is clearly marked by the great northern Pinot Noirs from the Montagne de Reims, which display citrus (zesty orange), floral notes (sweet flowers such as hawthorn and rose) and ripe juicy fruits (peach). With air, more caramel notes appear (baked apple tarte tatin and roasted almonds) as well as just a hint of wood.
Dense and vinous in the mouth, with very mature sweet Pinot Noir fruit. The soft, warm notes of hazelnut and almond blend with the ripe, full-bodied fruit. The fine, wellbalanced bubbles quickly add harmony to the wine’s structure. The minerally freshness is pronounced on the mid palate, adding to the overall sense of equilibrium. The finish is extremely long, racy and smooth. This vintage Brut 2006 epitomises the Louis Roederer Brut style; refined and elegant yet assertive, robust and rich yet vinous. The warm, dry 2006 vintage resulted in a fine wine of concentration, fruit texture and density, magnificently backed up by the freshness of the Verzenay chalk.
To enjoy this wine at its best, serve a 10-12 degrees Celsius. The fullness and richness of Louis Roederer Brut Vintage make it the ideal wine to be drunk with meals and a perfect accompaniment to fish dishes and white meats.