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November 07, 2018

Louis Roederer Offer – Brut Premier NV, £135, 6×75 & Vintage Brut 2012, £240, 6×75, 96 Pts & Vintage Rosé 2012, £220, 6×75, 95 Pts

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Louis Roederer have pedigree, savoir-faire, incredible vineyard holdings and an unerring commitment to quality. The House, which is based in Reims, was founded in 1776, remaining family owned and independent. Today it is run by Frédéric Rouzaud, who represents the seventh generation of the lineage. In the course of 200 years the House has secured the finest vineyards throughout Champagne, whereby 80% of their high quality grape demands come from their own 240 hectare holdings, a remarkable and unique avowal. These are distributed across three main Champagne zones, Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, and the Côte des Blancs. The remainder of fruit is only sourced from established contracts. Louis Roederer’s vineyards cover two thirds of the company’s needs, which is rare for a Champagne House. This situation gives Louis Roederer a greater control over its production. Indeed, the House is the largest biodynamic vineyard owner, with biodynamic farming already making up 65 of its 240 hectares. All of this adds up to excellence running through the House, each wine stitched brilliantly with the best material.

We believe Louis Roederer’s Brut Premier Non-Vintage (NV) embodies their brilliant artistry just as much as Cristal. They have recently created an iOS app (download here) which can be used to scan their bottles of NV Champagne and provide the constituent vintages included in the blend. Most NV Champagne is sold as a multi-vintage blend, which creates a consistent house style. In reality, NV Champagnes are dominated by one vintage; Louis Roederer are now shinning a light on this. Our release today, for example, is for Louis Roederer NV, however, this release contains over 80% from the 2013 vintage. It is worth scanning each bottle as there will be some vintage variation in all NVs, which makes for a very interesting comparison. Louis Roederer’s Brut Premier does however contain four vintages and is a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. It is derived from fifty different crus. Its piece de resistance is the reserve wine, which accounts for approximately 20% of the blend that has been aged in oak casks for several years, bringing complexity and the round, rich style adored in all Louis Roederer Champagne. Each bottle is aged for three years in their cellar and left for six months after disgorgement.

Our special offer price today of £135 per case of six in bond is stunning. This comes to £22 a bottle in bond, or £30 duty and VAT paid. Our Christmas offer is the lowest price in the market. The value proposition is magnificent, it has been awarded 92 points from James Suckling who says ‘The nose is super fresh and has plenty of ripe strawberries, along with lemons and grapefruit. The palate has a tense, fresh, mineral-salt core and then layers of fleshier, supple fruit. All you want in a great NV!’ This is the perfect bottle to have open in the fridge for a glass whenever the moment takes you during the festive period.

Following the sublime 2008 vintage, Louis Roederer have decided not to make Cristal in 2010 and 2011, the next vintage will be the 2012. What 2010 and 2011 lacked in excellence, the 2012 makes up for, it is considered already as an exceptional vintage, capable of upstaging the 2008. As such, we are delighted to be able to offer the first look at this vintage, Louis Roederer 2012 Vintage Brut and Rosé. Louis Roederer Brut Vintage is composed of 70% Pinot Noir, sourced from their finest vineyards, Verzy and Verzenay in Montagne de Reims, along with 30% Chardonnay from the Cote de Blanc. Louis Roederer Rosé Vintage is made using the saigneé method; the skin contact process after cold maceration. It is the same blend as the Vintage Brut, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It is aged for four years in their cellars, then six months after disgorgement.

Our special Christmas offer price is £240 per case of six, £40 a bottle in bond, or £51 per bottle duty and VAT paid. The 2012 Vintage Brut has been awarded and incredible 94 points from Stephan Reinhardt of The Wine Advocate, who describes it as ‘an impressive, ripe and almost creamy textured but precise and finessed 2012 with power, body and structure. A true, highly stimulating classic. Just love it!’ It has received 96 points from James Suckling whose says ‘The palate has a powerful, long and assertive feel, with peach and lemon pith, chalky minerals, and some grapefruit. A powerful vintage for Roederer.’ It also offers excellent value on release, the 2008 trades at £320 per case of six, the 2004 at £450 and the 2002 £720, a similar trading price to Cristal 2007 and 2009, which only have one more point from the Wine Advocate, at one third of the price the value is outstanding.

The Rosé 2012 has received 95 points from James Suckling, which he calls ‘A great vintage for this Rosé.’ As with the Brut, prices rise in bottle, the 2008 trades at £360, the 2004 at £420 and the 2002 at £720. The ascending prices represent the immense value. Cristal Rosé tends to trade at nearly double the price of Cristal Brut, this is not seen with the 2012 Rosé, compared to the Brut; this makes it enormously appealing as a leading Rosé option. Taken together the three provide a superb range of leading Champagne, at our special offer price today they are unmissable, ready for immediate delivery.

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