Louis Roederer Collection 242
El que fuera Brut Premier estrena nuevo nombre e imagen pero sin perder la esencia Roederer que hace de él un champagne clásico, con un toque sofisticado. Resultado de la unión de vinos de ocho añadas diferentes, con un 34% procedente de la reserva perpetua de la casa y el 10% de ellos criados en madera, estamos ante un espumoso dominado por la Chardonnay que exhibe una gran madurez, forjada por notas de fruta madura y amaderadas, y una agradable sensación envolvente en boca.
Sopa de marisco
La contraposición entre la frescura del champagne y la salinidad del marisco hacen de esta unión una combinación ganadora.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
Aromas of cooked apple, bread dough and lemon tart follow through to a full body with round, delicious fruit and a rich, flavorful finish. Yet, it remains tight and fine with lovely, compressed bubbles. New energy and freshness. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of fruit and vivid intensity. 42% chardonnay, 36% pinot noir and 22% pinot meunier. 8 grams dosage. Four years on the less. A new-format non-vintage that designates the year of the 242nd harvest, 2017, plus reserve wine of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Drink or hold.
"Roederer's Brut Premier was created in the 1980s to prove to consumers that we could deliver consistent quality with a blend that compensated for less than perfectly ripe vintages," explains Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon. "We were blending in pursuit of maturity, of ripeness. The concept behind the Brut Collection is the opposite: we're looking for freshness—and we are embracing singularity, something we're emphasizing by enumerating each year's blend." This project has been in the making since 2012, when Lecaillon set aside 21,000 liters of wine to constitute a perpetual reserve aged in large tanks without malolactic fermentation. Sourcing has evolved too: less must is coming from cooperatives, and only vineyards cultivated without the use of herbicides inform the blend. A dedicated team oversees all this, visiting every grower three times per year. And vinification is parcel by parcel to deliver a maximum of blending components. Iteration 242 is based on the 2017 vintage (56%), supplemented by 34% reserve wines from the perpetual reserve established in 2012 and 10% foudre-aged reserve wines.
Softly shimmering straw gold, green tints, with a delicate filigree dancing at will around the glass. The nose is gently authoritative; spring flowers garlanding stone fruit, a hint of hawthorn maybe, then lemongrass. The palate has encyclopaedic depth, the intricacies of the Perpetual Reserve weaving their early magic; almond, sloe, gingerbread and apples; the finish has a pleasing twist of bitterness, courtesy of the small percentage of oak-aged reserve wine. Maybe the dosage (8g/L) can come down even further, such is the engaging and subtle complexity harnessed elsewhere? Drinking Window 2021-2025.
Light gold. Refined nose blending delicate fruity notes and hints of subtle toast. On the palate, fullness, fine-grained, melted texture, wonderful balance of vinosity and freshness. A great classic, ideal for sophisticated pre-dinner drinks.