Arriving to Louis Roederer Maison for a tasting, I am so excited! I have visited their California Winery, Roederer Estate located in Anderson Valley so it’s beyond special seeing their Champagne Headquarters where it all began.
Seeing all the rich history of this family-owned Maison. Currently, the 7th generation family is running Maison Louis Roederer.
The incredible Louis Roederer et Philippe Starck collaboration wine. This wine is very interesting with zero dosage (zero sugar added) I’ve tasted this quite a few times at Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wine TAsting (read more about that event here)
Touring the Louis Roederer Champagne House barrel room. What i learned during this tour is this Maison makes Champagne in BOTH Wood Tanks and stainless steel. This is quite unique as most Champagne Houses use either one of the other.
The winemaking room. We didn’t get to go inside but even peeking behind the class it was pretty spectacular to see!
Begining the cellar tour. This tiny circular staircase was beyond interesting to see and take down to the cellar tour.
Views of the cellar. As expected it’s quite dark, damp and there are lots of bottles of Louis Roederer Champagne aging.
Following the production and cellar tour, we enjoyed a tasting with Louis Roederer Champagne. This is always my favorite part of a visit as we spent a great amount of time learning about the rich history of this Maison and since I’m so familiar with their sister brand Roederer Estate in California I was looking forward to tasting Louis Roederer in Champagne in their historic Maison.
Our tasting included the Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2012, Louis Roederer Rosé Vintage 2013, and the Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2013. A few takeaways about these beautiful wines included their fine bubbles, the beautiful aromatics and also the texture I tasted on my palette.
We first tasting the 2013 Blanc de Blanc which has 8 grams of sugar so not super sweet yet not too dry. It had a salty and earthy noise to it and was nice and bright and very easy to drink.
Next was the Louis Roederer Rosé Vintage 2013 with a beautiful soft light pink color to it. The taste was extremely bright, with high acidity which indicates how well this will age. I loved the caramel notes on the nose. This blend was 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay with 8 grams of sugar, so a bit sweeter than the Blanc de Blanc but with the high acidity it didn’t taste overly sweet. I tend to prefer lower sugar champagnes and this was perfect for what I’d love to enjoy!
Last but not least we enjoyed the Louis Roederer 2013 Vintage. This was amazing, I loved the chalky notes on the nose and the salty minerality flavors. This comes from their Grand Cru vineyards and was absolutely gorgeous! It tasted much older than it’s current 7 years age and blew me away. The blend was 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. This was my absolute favorite of the three we tasted.
Thank you to the Louis Roederer Maison team for hosting me and sharing your beautiful wines with me. I hope to return to your Maison next time and see some of your vineyards where these stunning wines are produced.