Louis Roederer blanc de blancs 2002

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VisuelBdBDefProducer | Louis Roederer

Year | 2002
Designation | AOC Champagne

Alcohol | 12%

Yeasty attractive nose – like a sea breeze. Very fine and alluring. Excellent structure, the epitome of a great blanc de blancs – delicate and refined. Gentle. Melts in the mouth like butter.

Score Note 1Date tasted | Feb, 2009 | 92/100

Made in very small quantities from a selection from their Grand Crus vineyards in the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger et Chouilly). 15 to 20% of the wines vinified in oak barrels with weekly batonnage. It has matured for 5 years and rested for 6 months after disgorgement. In order to preserve its freshness Roederer do not practice MLF, and the wine is pressured to a maximum of 4 kgs instead of the usual 6 kgs. Dosage is around 8 to 10 g/litre. The dosage is made up from wines from their top 8 to 10 best crus, aged in oak.

On the 2002 harvest:

An extraordinary year that combined all the factors of a great Champagne year, and took them to another level: constantly warm temperatures without excessive heat or sunshine; a markedly mild preceding winter; a reduction in rainfall (about 20%) during the growth cycle; cool nights and a cold dry north-easterly wind from August to September. These exceptionally favourable conditions meant that the grapes matured perfectly and their flavours were nicely concentrated. Harvesting started 12 September for the Chardonnays with an average sugar concentration superior to 11% natural alcohol.

100% Chardonnay - 15 to 20% of the wines vinifi ed in oak barrels with weekly batonnage.
No malolactic fermentation. ! e Blanc de Blancs is drawn at low pressure to ensure rounder,
smoother bubbles. It then undergoes an average of 5 years maturation in the cellars and rests
six months after disgorgement to fi nish it perfectly. Dosage of between 8 and 10 g/l is adapted
to each vintage.


1 Date tasted | Feb, 2009

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