Louis Roederer presents its rosé champagnes exclusively in vintage form. This special vintage champagne from 2016 is a creamy yet superbly structured cuvée of 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay, with 21% of these wines aged in oak barrels.
In terms of weather, 2016 was a rollercoaster ride: the spring was a long time coming and was characterised by fresh temperatures and abundant rain, which caused the winegrowers some concern. Summer, on the other hand, was extremely dry and hot. It culminated in an intense heat wave at the end of August. However, this sudden change in the weather also had its advantages, as the weather was dry and sunny at harvest time.
For the Pinot Noir grapes from the south of Cumières, the hot and dry climate was particularly advantageous. They were able to develop a very fruity and intense flavour as well as a velvety texture. The Chardonnay grapes from the north of Chouilly have also matured very well and present themselves in this vintage as particularly classic, finely structured and with a salty note.
The cuvée presents itself as a creamy, but at the same time well-structured champagne. Its bouquet is dominated by fruity aromas, accompanied by a chalky, mineral freshness that gives it peakedness and harmony.
Fallstaff awarded this Roederer Brut Rosé vintage 2016 93 points.
- In the glass, a delicate pink with golden reflections, gently dancing bubbles.
- On the nose, fresh and fruity aromas of red fruits. After a little exposure to air, one can also sniff out subtle spicy notes such as cinnamon and pepper.
- On the palate, the ripe, unmistakeably fruity notes of the Pinot Noirs from the south of Cumières and the acidic citrus notes of the Chardonnay from the north of Chouilly.
- Ideal aperitif.
- Goes great with light vegetarian dishes.
- Super companion to salmon or scallops.
The Champagne House of Louis Roederer
Louis Roederer is one of the last great family-owned champagne houses. Here, no big brand looms in the shadows – all champagnes are still produced independently and in accordance with family tradition. The house has been based in Reims for more than 200 years. In 1835, Louis Roederer inherited the house and, pursuing independence, began to devote himself to the cultivation of vines and the purchase of additional sites. At that time, champagne houses tended to focus more on the purchase of grapes, but Roederer’s selective choice of vines proved that soil and site were important factors in creating a particularly high-quality champagne. Louis Roederer’s statement “The secret of a great champagne is the soil” continues to be the guiding principle of the house. Roederer is still known today for its high quality and unique style, taste and character. With Frédéric Rouzaud at the helm, the company is now in its seventh generation and has 240 hectares of vines, exclusively in Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites on the Marne.