Tuesday, 21 January 2014

From the Tasting Room: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

What better way to start out a new venture than Champagne! We have been given a strict budget to stick to... so we thought we'd blow a lot of it straight up and try something extra special.

Made by one of the most famous names in Champagne, this non-vintage is by no means the "ugly sister" to the flagship Cristal. It's a blend of three champagne's classic grapes (40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier) that's been aged for over 3.5 years before it arrives with us.


The bottle opened with the wonderful "pop" that heralds many a celebration and gets the pulse racing. The nose was exactly as expected being fresh and vibrant with apple and lemon and a pleasant biscuity undertone. The palate delivered much the same with those fresh flavours carrying through and there being a delicious richness from the aging with additional yeasty, bready notes. The finish was surprisingly long - even for this - and left us craving more! But unfortunately, at 3pm on a Thursday, we had to stop at one glass.


A definite crowd-pleaser that didn't fail to disappoint. There has been a recent (and very understandable) trend in buying Prosecco but there is something, that certain je ne sais quoi, that only Champagne - especially one of this quality - can deliver. With Valentine's Day just around the corner it's time to start thinking about making it an extra special occasion. Great for a celebration and ideal with any meal throughout the day:

Breakfast: Eggs Benedict, fruit salad

Lunch: Any sushi and sashimi, oysters


Dinner: Fish and chips, medium-spiced curry


Dessert: There's only one pairing here that screams out - chocolate-dipped strawberries and raspberries. But a vanilla cheesecake would be equally good.




The Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV will work across these (un)conventional pairings because it has the perfect balance between the richness of the aging and it's gorgeous fresh palate.

As the Cellar Master, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon puts it 'the freshness, finesse, and brightness of Brut Premier make it the perfect wine for festive occasions. Its structured texture, richness and length are distinctly winey. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic' - we couldn't agree more!

Wine Details:
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
Champagne, France
12% abv
£37.99/bottle


Thanks for reading. Keep an eye out for next week's review: Burgundy En Primeur 2012.

Cheers,
Alex, David and Duncan
Averys Wine Bloggers

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