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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2005
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2005
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 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
2003 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine News rating: 96 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:

Iridescent yellow color with slightly amber highlights. Lively bubbles, with a creamy flow. An intense bouquet developing spicy and sweet aromas (cedar, cigar box) combined with juicy ripe fruit (yellow peach) and chocolaty hints. Almost overwhelmingly, the nose reveals all the riches of roasted fruit, concentrated and browned in the sun of 2005. The mouth is round and gentle, both rich and dense, with an unctuous, fruity texture. The ripeness of the fruit is clear; syrupy and penetrating. You find yourself suddenly transported to superb gardens, strolling amid a riot of scented flowers, divinely refreshed by firm, strong, mineral acidity. This 2005 Vintage Brut, with its perfect balance between concentration and freshness, softness and minerality, displays quite rare elegance and raciness, accompanied by a very long-lasting finish -- promising fine years of aging.
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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.