Louis Roederer Collection 242

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Louis Roederer Collection 242 is the wine formally known as Louis Roederer Brut Premier. It is a class act with lovely richness, texture and fine bubbles. The fruit is bright and fresh with yellow orchard fruit and citrus dominating alone with a toasty richness and saline finish. 242 is a multi-vintage wine based around the 2017 vintage, which comprises 56% of the blend. A further 10% of the wines is made up of oak aged reserve wines from the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages. The remaining 34% is from Roederer’s Perpetual Reserve which was created from the 2012 vintage and is enriched each year with new wines. This is an outstanding wine which is taking multi vintage Champagne to the next level and into the future with meticulous site selection, organic viticulture and sustainability. They even have an app in amongst all their marketing buzzwords!

Roederer have developed a unique production method for their Rose Champagne which they call the ‘infusion’ Technique. It allows them to highlight the juicy Pinot Noir character which comes from the grapes sourced from their Cumieres vineyard. This steep, south facing vineyard benefits from additional light being reflected from the Marne river and produces grapes of great phenolic maturity. This is a real benefit in a generally cool wine producing region. The infusion technique involves adding a small amount of Chardonnay juice to the Pinot Noir whilst it is macerating. They then ferment together and integrate harmoniously. The wine is vinified in 33% old oak casks and aged on its lees for 4 years follower by a further 6 months ageing post disgorgement.

Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 and has been owned by the same family since 1819. It is one of the few privately owned Champagne house left and is free from interference from multinational companies and hedge funds that are more interested in the bottom line that the quality of the Champagne. The house has substantial vineyard holdings (240 hectares) which helps control quality, consistency and price as there is less reliance on buying grapes from growers on the open market. 90% of the vineyards are classed as either Grand or Premier Cru from superb sites in the Montage de Reims, Vallee de la Marne and Cote des Blancs. Farming is increasingly being done bio dynamically.

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