Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2006
Vintage from Champagne, France
Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Golden, bright and iridescent. Fine, regular bubbles with a well-defined flow. Sparkling, almost varietal bouquet, redolent of Chardonnay and white fruit aromas of apple, pear and pollen and soft, sweet citrus fruit like grapefruit. These are followed by the warm, chocolaty hints, vanilla, tatin pie, and baked apple which are typical of our Maison. The bite in the mouth is extremely elegant, balanced and mineral, characterized by the purity, precision and mineral quality of the Côte des Blancs terroirs, along with a delicate creamy, almost cozy texture. The texture and concentration of this vintage wraps itself around the purity typical of whites, making it sumptuously indulgent. The very long winey finish is sublimed by a perfectly-balanced, enduring acidity. The maturity of this vintage is an added asset for this Blanc de Blancs 2006 which pleasantly – almost disconcertingly – combines purity, texture and freshness to produce a refined, gourmet wine.
"Well-meshed and aromatic, with an airy bead and delicate acidity enlivening the flavors of white peach, green plum and candied ginger, accompanied by a hint of brioche. The lovely texture and a minerally base note shine throughout."
"White flowers, lemon, and crushed rocks are some of the notes that emerge from Roederer’s 2006 Blanc de Blancs. The 2006 boasts extraordinary elegance and finesse to match its rich, broad-shouldered personality. At the same time, there is plenty of Chardonnay character. Readers who enjoy wines with more tertiary complexity will want to give the 2006 a few years in the cellar, but it is absolutely striking, even today, for its finesse, balance and total sense of harmony. The Blanc de Blancs remains one of the under the radar jewels in the Roederer lineup. In 2006, it is not to be missed. The Blanc de Blancs is made exclusively from grand cru fruit, mostly Avize, Cramant and Mesnil, aged 20% in oak and bottled with four atmospheres of pressure (on the low side) to preserve the elegance of the mousse. All of that worked beautifully here."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright yellow. Fresh pear and citrus fruits on the intensely perfumed nose. Concentrated but lithe, offering a complex array of citrus and orchard fruit flavors with notes of anise, smoky lees and sweet butter. Closes with excellent clarity and thrust, leaving mineral and floral notes behind. This Champagne is still a baby and should age slowly."
International Wine Cellar
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