Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Vintage
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2000 Vintage) 66% Pinot Noir; 34% Chardonnay. Even allowing for differences in raw materials between France and California and for differences in preference between a classic Champagne taste and a more California approach, this wine, with its chalk and sweet lemons styling, is simpler and less interesting overall than Roederer's ** Anderson Valley L'Ermitage 2000 at $45.
International Wine Cellar(2000 Vintage) Medium yellow. Smoky orchard fruit and redcurrant aromas are underscored by toasty brioche and dried flowers. Bracingly fresh but ample and round, with chewy texture and deep pear and peach flavors. Finishes broad and long, leaving smoky minerals and bitter lemon zest behind.
Wine & Spirits(2000 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/07
International Wine Cellar(1996 Vintage) Complex nose hints at apple, clove, earth, curry powder, oyster shell and creamed corn. Full, strong and quite dry, with a subtle leesy aspect and hints of toast and hazelnut. This really expands in flavor toward the back, showing more density and concentration, and really sticking to the palate, on the finish. Still an infant, and capable of a decade or more of development in bottle.