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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2006
Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2006
(search item no. 108624)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 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 The Wine News rating: 94 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 The Wine News rating: 93 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
2000 The Wine News rating: 96 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:

Soft pink color with orangey nuances. Dynamic, creamy bubbles in a long-lasting flow. Immediately after opening, the bouquet of this Brut Rosé 2006 releases intense, complex aromas: first of all fruity (strawberry, vine peach) then floral (sap, sweet flower, pollen) and mineral (chalk). On airing, citrus aromas appear (with a particularly dominant zest) along with gingerbread, so typical of Roederer rosés. Tasting reveals an energetic, racy wine, which is firm and above all elegant. It has the firm structure of the Cumières Pinot Noir which, as usual, manifests itself immediately and unreservedly, in its charming, meaty and dense register - but the characteristic elegance of Louis Roederer wines predominates, thanks to the smooth bubbles associated with precise flavors and a 'taut' mineral freshness. This almost paradoxical blend combines an intense energy 'interwoven' with a rich, almost 'proud' material, accompanied by a swirl of velvety flavors. The long-lasting flavor experience ends on a note of pure minerality... and time stands still.

The structure and richness of Louis Roederer Brut Rosé make it a perfect accompaniment to main courses, magnificently complementing fish such as salmon; meat such as lamb, veal, guinea fowl and even pheasant; and soft cheeses such as Chaource and Brillat-Savarin. It can also be served with red-fruit based desserts that are less sweet, such as a red fruit zabaglione or a red fruit gratin.

66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay

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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.