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Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2005

Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
  • WE94
  • W&S93
  • RP93
  • ST91
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Winemaker Notes

Salmon pink color with orangey-red glints. The bouquet exudes the exuberance of Pinot Noir from the southern Cumières slopes: there is a burst of fresh, sweet red fruits, accompanied by oral (acacia) and mineral hints with grilled and smoked overtones, brought together to form a very full combination which is fresh, rich and refined. On the palate, there is immediately a burst of fresh, sweet fruit, with a tasty, crisp and mellow texture. The sometimes disturbing magic of great Pinot Noirs is put to work delicately here: The flavors are rich, fresh and intense with pure aromas, literally enveloped in soft, silky tannins... which are then transformed into ultimate elegance thanks to the wonderful mineral freshness! This Rosé 2005, with its incredible aromatic persistence, is racy, generous and sophisticated. A real treat!

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.

Critical Acclaim

WE 94
Wine Enthusiast

This is a crisp, high-wire-walking wine, just so poised. Its youthful red fruits, laced with citrus, taste so fresh, with a strawberry bite. At this stage, it is intensely enjoyable as young Champagne, but it does need to age for several years.

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

A lovely, generous rose, this is not as structured as Roederer's 2004's, but it is a fine wine in its own right. It shows the kind of pure red fruit clarity that is rare in the vintage, along with complex hints of mushroom. Tangy acidity contrasts the wine's full flavor, bringing it to a dry finish.

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The 2005 Brut Rose is a gorgeous wine blessed with compelling inner perfume, layers of subtle yet expressive fruit and phenomenal balance. Clean, chalky notes frame a precise, crystalline finish. This mid-weight Champagne can be enjoyed on its own or with food. It is a relative bargain considering the quality of what is in the glass and considering the prohibitive pricing of Cristal Rose. This is Lot L033331G100002, disgorged November, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Light, bright pink. High-pitched citrus and red berry fruits on the nose, with notes of rose, toasty lees and baking spices gaining strength with aeration. Nervy, dry and precise, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and an exotic candied rose quality. The long, mineral-accented finish features a late note of cinnamon. Give this a couple of years to flesh out.

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Louis Roederer

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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.

Carneros

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse...

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. Its close proximity to the San Francisco Peninsula and the San Pablo Bay is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo Bay create a cooling effect ideal for producing wines with crisp acidity and balanced flavors.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and more recently, Old-World style Syrah. While more delicate than most wines from neighboring regions, these are firmly structured, complex, and full of flavor. Carneros is also an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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