(roughly 60% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier; L037415C108930): Bright yellow-gold. Mineral-accented lemon curd and green apple on the nose, with a spicy topnote. Penetrating and dry on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering intense orchard fruit and buttered toast flavors with a touch of bitter cherry pit. Shows impressive focus and lift on the taut, stony finish, which features a suave floral quality. This bottling is consistently among the very best big-house "basic" NV Champagnes.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
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3.72 out of 5 stars
Emotion of a work of art
Very difficult to find a better non vintage, perfect balance, between youth and age, vinosity and freshness, delicate and rounded.
Bubbles and Yeast
Beautiful thick mousse gives way to extensive micro-carbonation. Bubbles cling to all parts of the flute with a full, biscuity nose. Definitely superior to the Vueve Cliquot Yellow Label for those who desire a full-bodied, yeasty champagne. The Roederer also rivals the slightly more expensive Bollinger Special Cuvee. I will definitely buy this wine again.
Food friendly pleasure
It is difficult to imagine that we drank the same wine as the previous reviewers. Fragrances and flavors of meat and leather gave way in about half an hour to a yeasty wine with a creamy texture. We paired it with a hot Washington summer evening, steamed fresh Maine lobster, buttered corn and bread, and smiled from ear to ear with pleasure. Not, however, a wine that we would likely want to drink without rich food.
I like this nv brut, it has nice citrus, lemon flavors, good density, and toasty flavors.
I've had at least 10 bottles of this and it's my favorite everyday champagne. This is a very good bubbly at a very reasonable price (sells for about $33 where I live). I like it better than the NV Veuve Cliquot but you may disagee based on your taste preferences.
I like this very much. Not as elegant as Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label. But more boiserous. Perfect New Year's eve champagne.
I choose this for my Y2K celebration, and it did not disappoint. Beautiful, long lasting flavor, lots of yeast, good acidity. Too bad it can be had in France for FF140, or US$20.
by Jazz June
Pretty decent as far as NV French goes. Fairly creamy and subdued style. Definitely shouldn't offend anyone. Possibly overpriced though.
Champagne-making is the highly refined art of blending base wines into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. These component wines come from different grape varieties (the white grape Chardonnay and the red varieties Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and from different villages and vineyards. And because only four or five harvests per decade... Read More »
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