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Date Printed: 4/21/2015
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2002
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2002
(search item no. 97379)

PRICE ON 4/21/2015: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1994 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Burnished gold tones glinting with orangey highlights; fine but ultra-energetic, rich and persistent bead. Intense and bursting with gorgeous aromas typical of great Pinot Noir grapes. Flavors of stoned fruits (cherries), crystallized citrus peel (oranges), fresh almonds and sweet blossom (acacia) are reinforced by early hints of maturity. Witness scents of sweet, baked apples and spicy nuances that are characteristic of grapes from north-facing first great growths on the Montagne de Reims. All the signs of a characterful wine that fully expresses the strength and power of Pinot Noir grapes. Vinous, almost robust on the attack but cushioned by the concentration and roundness of very ripe, oak-aged fruit. This sappiness gives way to lingering, lasting freshness, creating an airy sensation that enhances a unique balance of flavors and texture. Rich, crisp and harmonious, this is a characteristic Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Champagne: powerful on the attack, perfectly poised on the palate, fresh, pure and refined on the finish.

The fullness and richness of Louis Roederer Brut Vintage make it the ideal wine to be drunk with meals and the perfect accompaniment to fish dishes and white meats. To enjoy the wine at its best, serve at a temperature ranging from 50° to 54°F.

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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.