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Louis Roederer NV, Champagne, France

February 9, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Roederer NV, Champagne, France

 

 

Widely available - £35-45

 

Tasting date - 12/01/2019

 

Appearance - Pale lemon

 

Nose intensity - Medium plus

 

Primary aroma - Lemon, green apple, pear

 

Secondary aroma - Toast, brioche, yeast, brown bread

 

Tertiary aroma - None

 

 

Sweetness - Dry (off-dry - see below)

 

Acidity - High

 

Tannin and nature -  None

 

Alcohol - Medium

 

Body - Medium

 

 

Intensity - Medium plus

 

Primary flavours -  Lemon, green apple, pear

 

Secondary flavours - Toast, brioche, yeast, brown bread

 

Tertiary flavours - None

 

 

Finish - Long Length

 

Quality - Very good

 

 

Tasting Logic

 

 

When blind tasting sparkling it is important to link the aromas and flavours to a production technique, luckily this wine has distinct autolytic aromas. Going beyond this you should attempt to link the acidity level and primary notes to either a climate or a grape variety/varieties, this is difficult however as many traditional method sparkling wines are made in cool climates with Champagne varieties.

 

You can use complexity and overall quality to push you towards Champagne however it is only a supporting argument, outstanding sparklings can be made in many places around the world.

 

In order to push beyond very good the wine would need to have a little bit more intensity on the palate but it is almost there.

 

NB A student raised a good point, the  official R/S is in the official 'off-dry' category. As a general rule due to the balance of the acidity and the wide range withing the 'brut' category both 'dry' and 'off-dry' should be acceptable. Many thanks Simon for the comment. 

 

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