The upheavals of the start of the twentieth century—in particular the First World War that destroyed more than half of the Louis Roederer estate—led Léon Olry Roederer to reconstruct his vineyard. He decided to buy in grapes to ensure continuity during the period of crisis. In doing so, he created a wine of several vintages with a constant taste whatever the year of harvesting. Today this wine is Brut Premier!
- FRA - Champagne
Leading out with the rounded richness of white peach and nectarine, quickly pulling into the restrained, honed linearity of lemon zest and fine minerality on a lingering finish. A wine of excellent, balance, poise and freshness with nuances of nutmeg and mixed spice dancing through the palate. There are subtle, savoury, reductive nuances; dosage is well-gauged to match its taut citrus profile. Every bit as fresh around the world as it is in France. Rating 94 - Tyson Stelzer The Champagne Guide 2012 - 2013
Invariably praised, nonvintage Champagne with a high proportion of reserve wines that had been stored in big oak barrels. Four years in the bottle before disgorging only the first pressing is used. For several years, an appley, storable, and decently good nonvintage Champagne. Today, a Cristal-like Champagne with outstanding finesse. Fantastic in magnum. Rating 91 - Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club (NOV/2012)
Roederer's NV remains in the best-of category, with plenty of freshness, intensity, length and precision. Smells of fine lemons and apples, hints of smoky oyster shell and some delicate spice - wood-matured reserve wine working its magic. The palate has a composed shape and crisp texture, with plenty of finesse, red apple fruits and an elegant finish.Rating 93 & 2 Glasses - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale golden yellow in colour with a delicate persistent bead.
Rich yet subtle bouquet of hawthorn, almonds and toast.
From the outset, Brut Premier affi rms its personality and seduction: the texture is full and generous and, in a fairly unexpected way, integrates characteristics of maturity associated with fruitier and more refreshing notes. The wine has a fresh festive finesse…In the mouth, the wine has structure, richness and length. It is a full, complex wine that is both modern and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.
Serve well chilled. Louis Roederer Brut Premier is a classic aperitif or celebratory Champagne. The fullness and structure make Brut Premier a superb accompaniment to many fine cuisine.