2013 was characterised by a particularly late growing cycle. A seemingly endless winter was followed by a very cool, late spring. Maison Louis Roederer had to wait until the start of July for flowering to begin – something not seen in Champagne for quite some time!
Fortunately, summer was glorious with plenty of sunshine, record high temperatures and very low rainfall, ideal for the ripening of the Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. The temperatures were cool for the October harvest and the resulting wines are elegant and fresh – the signs of a classic vintage.
Colour: A golden hue with soft, glowing highlights. Fine, steady, gentle bubbles.
Nose: Powerful and complex, revealing a mixture of yellow fruit (mirabelle plum), juicy, ripe fruits (nectarine), citrus peel (candied orange) and finely-roasted nuts (hazelnut). The nose is simultaneously powdery and sweet, with elegant, chalky notes.
Palate: Gentle, tactile and full-bodied on the palate. The bubbles create a gentle, vibrating sensation, then the wine becomes soft, dense and juicy. But it is the chalky freshness that quickly sets the tone: the sweetness becomes energetic and intense, giving the wine an elegant yet powerful texture. Fine, textured tannins reveal a poised and vinous dimension to the wine. The finish is savoury and saline.
History of Louis Roederer
The Louis Roederer champagne house in Reims, France has been creating wines for over two centuries. Till today is is one of a few independent and family-run maisons de champagne. The crafting of a fine champagne requires a slow rhythm, patience and restraint. Time is the ultimate luxury. The time to reflect, mature and question. The time to patiently blend components, the time to go back and start again, to choose a better path, the time to share experience and work together towards the creation of outstanding champagnes from unique terroirs, worked with respect, passion and humility.
“We are not artists. At Maison Louis Roederer, the great artist is Nature and each year we are the interpreters of what she wants to give us. Our job is to take part in this choreography between Man and Nature in order to reveal the great Champagne terroirs.” — Frédéric Rouzaud, CEO