Brut Nature 2009 Champagne, Louis Roederer, Champagne, France NV
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Champagne Louis Roederer
Founded in 1776, and controlled by the same family since 1819, Louis Roederer is one of the last major Champagne Houses to be an independent family affair. The original Louis Roederer was a visionary in the Champagne world. In the mid-19th Century, he purchased his own grand cru vineyards, at a time when his contemporaries were buying in the majority of their grapes. Over time, he patiently experimented in order to learn which parcels of his land were best suited to particular grape varieties. The result was the creation of iconic Champagnes that even now, generations later, we are still able to enjoy.
Interestingly, all the grapes for the Brut Nature 2009 were harvested on the same day. According to head winemaker Jean-Baptise Lécaillon, this was an effort to artificially recreate the traditional method of co-plantation, where vineyards were planted with a number of different grape varieties before they were harvested in one go.
In this instance, Lécaillon believe his method ensures that each variety in the blend makes a real impact on the finished wine - the Pinot Noir offers structure, the Meunier brings ripeness and a floral element while a lively tartness is added by the Chardonnay.
Expect charming juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit and an elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes which linger on the finish. A truly fascinating Champagne made in a rather unique fashion.