Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2007
from Champagne, France
An evanescent light pink color, with shiny salmony hints. Delicate bubbles, which quickly form a steady, creamy flow. The intense deep bouquet reveals a succession of finely complex aromatic 'layers.'
First of all fruity, almost tart aromas of wild raspberry and bilberry, reminiscent of a mountain fruit sabayon. Next, sweet, warm, delicately rosy 'pink macaroon' floral hints, along with pithy citrus, orange and pink grapefruit. Finally, there are warm, sweet, spicy notes recalling the subtle use made of oak wood by Louis Roederer: hints of lightly toasted dried fruits, cocoa and chocolate. It has a lively bite in the mouth – full-bodied, creamy, dense and balanced: a 'gourmet' treat! The tactile approach of the ripe Pinot Noir is very clear: rich and meaty, concentrated but not at all heavy, a combination of ripe fruit and precise, fresh flavors. The delicate, almost teasing bubbles add to this suave impression, which literally encompasses the sharp freshness. Following this first highly seductive contact, the 'tight,' 'sculpted' winy structure of the Pinot Noir appears once more, along with almost jam-like fruity, floral flavors, blending in perfectly with the minerality and freshness of the Chardonnays.
"Finely knit, with a delicate bead and racy acidity framing subtle flavors of ripe cherry, spiced plum, pink grapefruit zest and hints of brioche and date. Very focused, yet elegant, with a minerally finish. Drink now through 2027."
"The impact of this rose's freshness is immediate in the color, a light, copper-tinged pink refinement. What challenges the vintage may have presented come across in a little coarseness to the fragrant woodland strawberry flavor, or the massive streak of acidity that will appeal most to geeks who realize the extremity of the structure makes this an unbeatable match for a soupe de poisson, or the pink flesh of grilled langoustines."
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