“The 2014 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésime is composed entirely from estate-owned vineyards in the grand cru village of Avize. One quarter of the vins clairs for this bottling were barrel-fermented and aged in cask, with none of the still wines going through malolactic fermentation. The wine spent five years aging sur latte and was finished with a dosage of eight grams per liter. It offers up a lovely and very refined nose of apple, pear, almond, chalky minerality, warm bread, a hint of buttery oak and a gentle floral topnote of white lilies. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and supremely elegant, with a lovely core of fruit, fine focus and bounce, refined mousse and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. Some vintages of Roederer’s Blanc de Blancs can start out life pretty tightly-wound structurally, but the 2014 is drinking beautifully from the outset, though of course, more layers of complexity will emerge with further bottle age. Fine, fine juice. 2021-2055+.”
Tasting Note: Delicate hints of flowers like honeysuckle and jasmine, ripe, fine and almost roasted citrus fruit. These are followed by iodized, sea-breeze aromas, combined with the warm, sweet notes of freshly-baked pastries. On the palate, the wine is dense, delicately zesty and invigorating. A predominantly saline character overlays flavours of citrus fruit and vanilla. The soft, melting bubbles give way to a limestone freshness revealing an end-palate that seems light and powdery at first, but which surprises us with a real acceleration on the finish created by its elegant tannins and roasted spices.