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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2002
Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2002
(search item no. 93491)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $55.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A light, airy Champagne, more elegant than vinous, that perfectly captures the essence of the 2002 vintage in Champagne: naturally harmonious, delicate and flawless.

Color: Pink with fairly intense bluish-red highlights and a constant stream of exuberant bubbles that settle in a pretty ring round the inside of the glass.

Nose: Remarkably intense, pure and precise. Opens with fresh scents of pink grapefruit and cherries that overlay sweet, deliciously honeyed hints of spring blossom (white flowers, acacia and honeysuckle).

Palate: Intensely fruity with a silky, velvety mouthfeel. The overall effect is supremely fresh and elegant, a perfect synthesis of taste and texture in a blend that is largely dominated by the structure and build of the Pinot Noir. There is no mistaking its presence on the mid-palate and finish where it combines with notes of cherries and suggestions of toast, honey and spice to produce a rosé of exquisite refinement.

Thanks to its structure and vinosity, Louis Roederer Brut Rosé is an excellent accompaniment to meals and the perfect accompaniment to fish (salmon in particular) or meats such as lamb, veal, guinea-fowl or even pheasant. To round off the meal, this Brut Rosé is an ideal complement to creamy cheeses such as a ripe Chaource or a Brillat Savarin or the sharpness of a soft fruit pudding such as a sabayon.

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About Louis Roederer:

Uncompromising Quality
Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 in Reims, France and is one of the rare family owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family. In 1833, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and renamed the company under his namesake. Under his leadership, the company rapidly grew while remaining true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Today, the company is under the helm of Jean-Claude Rouzaud and his son Frédéric who continue to place quality before quantity.

First-Rate Vineyards
Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75 percent of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne. The property is located on 450 acres in the finest villages of Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, and Valleé de la Marne. Each region is selected to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the elegance needed for perfectly balanced champagne. The Louis Roederer vineyards rate an average 98 percent based on France’s statutory 100-point classification scale.

The reserve wine is then tasted and graded by a team of Roederer specialists. They choose as many as 40 different wines from several lots for the blend. For the final touch, the wine is then added in order to enhance the cuvee and guarantee consistency while retaining the champagne's characteristics.