Champagne Roederer 2008 Brut Rose 1.5L
An evanescent light pink color, with shiny salmony hints. Delicate bubbles, which quickly form a steady, creamy flow. The intense deep bouquet reveals a succession of finely complex aromatic 'layers.'
First of all fruity, almost tart aromas of wild raspberry and bilberry, reminiscent of a mountain fruit sabayon. Next, sweet, warm, delicately rosy 'pink macaroon' floral hints, along with pithy citrus, orange and pink grapefruit. Finally, there are warm, sweet, spicy notes recalling the subtle use made of oak wood by Louis Roederer: hints of lightly toasted dried fruits, cocoa and chocolate. It has a lively bite in the mouth – full-bodied, creamy, dense and balanced: a 'gourmet' treat! The tactile approach of the ripe Pinot Noir is very clear: rich and meaty, concentrated but not at all heavy, a combination of ripe fruit and precise, fresh flavors. The delicate, almost teasing bubbles add to this suave impression, which literally encompasses the sharp freshness. Following this first highly seductive contact, the 'tight,' 'sculpted' winy structure of the Pinot Noir appears once more, along with almost jam-like fruity, floral flavors, blending in perfectly with the minerality and freshness of the Chardonnays.
Sleek and mouthwatering, with spice and sea salt notes underscoring flavors of white raspberry, biscuit, candied ginger and orange zest. Refined and racy. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases imported. Score: 92 points -- Wine Spectator, Nov 2013
(62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay, all from estate fruit; 9 g/ldosage): Light orange-pink. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh strawberry, blood orange and sweet butter, with a chalky mineral nuance coming up with air. Shows excellent clarity and tension on the palate, displaying sappy red berry and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of rose pastille. Puts on weight with air and finishes silky and long, with resonating stoniness and strong spicy cut. Score: 93 points -- Vinous, Dec 2014