The Blanc de Blancs 2002 appears yellow with light green-gold highlights. Its fine mousse has regular, persistent bubbles. The wine features a clean and fragrant bouquet of fresh, vigorous, subtle aromas: white flower (Acacia), fruit (citrus, apple), fresh almonds, light spices and a wisp of caramel, hinting that some of the wines composing the blend of this Blanc de Blancs have been fermented in wood.
On the palate, it is has a velvety attack, with rich, smooth texture, typical of Louis Roederer. Enhanced by soft effervescence, this great wine reveals a perfectly balanced structure, both creamy and aerial. It almost tickles the palate with clean, fine and precise texture, strengthened on the finish by the light bitter taste of fresh almonds, and the softness of ripe, lightly caramelized apples.
This Blanc de Blancs combines finesse and vinosity: it expresses with subtlety and refinement all the qualities of freshness, roundness and precision characteristic of the best Chardonnays in Champagne. Ideal as an aperitif, Blanc de Blancs also is the perfect accompaniment to seafood, fish and goat's cheese.
"The purity of this wine is impressive. It has a straight line of mineral, flint and grapefruit running through it. Around this, there are layers of fresh apples, lime zest and a tight, taunt structure. Give it 4-5 years."
"A weighty style, with emphasis on richness and power rather than elegance. That suits the peach, candied citrus and honey flavors, which linger nicely. The finish tightens up, so give this some time. Best from 2010 through 2025."
"The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs emerges from the glass with attractive notes of smokiness, ripe pears, flowers and spices. The wine shows excellent depth in a rich, generous style, with suggestions of minerality, toastiness and chalk that round out the finish.
The Wine Advocate