2008 Louis Roederer Rose

The "exceptional" 2008 Louis Roederer Rose, from an outstanding vintage and a house described by Richard Juhlin as one of the four best in Champagne, is a superb buy. 2008 was a sensational year across the board, yet Galloni still singles out the Roederer Rose: "Readers who want to understand what makes 2008 such a compelling vintage in Champagne will want to check out the Brut Rosé", immediately putting it front and centre on any enthusiast's radar. Galloni is not alone in his praise. Awarded a potential 96 points by Juhlin - the second highest score he has ever awarded this cuvee - this is clearly a vintage to compete with the very best from this legendary estate. Though an outstanding vintage, 2008 was comparatively small and resulted in only limited production of the vintage rose. This, combined with outstanding scores, will likely make this hard to find in coming years, so any availability well worth snapping up before it inevitably disappears. In Juhlin's words: "Every vintage is stunning. Buy all the Roederer wines you come across!". In a year as good as 2008, the Brut Rose is impossible to ignore.

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Average critic rating : 92.83 points



"Roederer's 2008 Brut Rosé captures the energy and tension of the year in its pure, mineral-inflected flavors, bright acidity and bracing minerality. A weightless, gracious wine, the 2008 Brut Rosé isn't an obvious wine, rather it is a Champagne that impresses with its exceptional balance and class. Readers who want to understand what makes 2008 such a compelling vintage in Champagne will want to check out the Brut Rosé. It is fabulous. The 2008 is 70% Pinot from Cumières and 30% Chardonnay from Chouilly, all estate-grown fruit." www.vinousmedia.com





In tasting Roederer’s 2008 Brut Rose, I am certainly reminded of the belief stated in their press releases that “a great rose Champagne must be made from very ripe grapes,” which, they go on to explain, is the reason why this cuvee is always predominantly informed by the steep, shallow-soiled, south-facing, waterside slopes of Cumieres. Certainly what has been extracted from the two-thirds Pinot here – colored via saignee – is an essence of ripe, juicy fresh red currant and red raspberry laced with lemon and orange rinds and perfectly set off by close to ten grams of residual sugar. A faintly sweaty tang and subtle suffusion of chalk add interest – and slight grain of tannin invigoration – to a lusciously refreshing but still very much fruit-dominated finish. I wouldn’t want to rule out some additional depth of flavor emerging over the next couple of years, but it would be a shame to miss out on this cuvee in its exuberantly fresh-fruited youth. ||Owners of vast vineyards (totally some 500 acres) that supply the majority of their fruit, Roederer also presides – by design as well as due to that vastness – over a mind-bending number of micro-vinifications, divided entirely between tanks and foudres, supplemented by a concomitantly deep and diverse range of reserve wines. But for all of the variety that these phenomena entail, scarcely any lots undergo malo-lactic transformation. eRobertParker.com.November, 2013


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