Musky and muscular, this wine starts out with unforgiving acidity, yielding to the fruit as the structure mellows with air. It’s a Champagne to decant or, if you’re opposed to losing bubbles, to stopper and revisit as it develops over the course of hours and days. The wine’s austerity fills out in notes of almond and honeysuckle, salt and citrus. This is a collaboration between Roederer and French designer Philippe Starck, a blend of pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay grown in the clay soils of Cumières, harvested and fermented together. It’s a wine that requires a sunny vintage, as it’s produced without malolactic and without dosage.
The key to Roederer’s distinctive cuvée is the terroir of its estate in Cumières, the most incredible biodynamic vineyard in Champagne. The sunny 2009 season infused a ripeness framed by tight yet delightfully ripe and pure acidity, with a rare harmony that calls for no dosage. A delicate balancing act and kudos to the wizardry of Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. Drinking Window 2024 - 2029 (TS)
The clarity of chalk and white almond is striking. Gentle perfume with some light cherry fruits, peach, grapefruit and lemon citrus. The palate has a piercing burst of lemon and grapefruit flavor on the front and builds into gently biscuity and more savory flavors through the middle. Holds on to bright zesty acidity into the finish. Smooth, resolved and balanced. Really detailed.
Roederer's 2009 Brut Nature is compelling. Powerful, ample and creamy, the 2009 has more than enough natural richness and texture to carry the wine with no dosage. The Brut Nature emerges from vineyards in Cumieres, where the wines are naturally tense, which creates a fascinating push and pull with the ripeness of 2009 and no dosage approach. Of all the grand marque Chefs de Caves, Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon is the closest to his vineyards and the most artisan in spirit. That comes through loud and clear in this fabulous Champagne. The Brut Nature is also the single best value within the Roederer range today. (AG)
The second release of Louis Roederer’s Brut Nature hails from 2009 vintage and came entirely from the estate’s vineyards in the village of Cumières. The wine is a blend of one-third chardonnay and two-thirds pinot noir and pinot meunier, with thirty-three percent of the vins clairs barrel-fermented. The wines did not undergo malolactic fermentation this year and were aged more than five years sur latte prior to disgorgement. The wine offers up a fine nose of white peach, apple, patissière, complex soil tones and the gentle floral topnote of meunier. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and racy, with a rock solid core of fruit, elegant mousse, brisk acids and impressive backend minerality on the long, complex finish. The ripeness of the year is nicely presented here, but within a harness of minerality and bright acidity that allows the wine to shower the palate with generosity, without ever losing cut and grip. Fine juice. (Drink between 2017-2040)
The bright golden Roederer & Starck 2009 Brut Nature assembles two-thirds Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with one-third Chardonnay. The grapes come from various parcels in Cumières and were harvested the same day and then pressed together all at once. The idea here is that the place is stronger than the expression of the varietals. Regarding the place, it's a deep and marly clay soil that gives a big expression of fruit in a continental and sunny year such as 2009. Indeed, the wine delivers very intense and creamy fruit aromas to the nose that combine the vinosity and structure of Pinot Noir with the ripeness of Pinot Meunier and the floral finesse and freshness of Chardonnay but doesn't represent the varieties as such. The 2009 was partly fermented in oak (at roughly 30%), but there was no malolactic fermentation. Disgorged in May 2016, the 2009 is now better than ever and reveals a fascinatingly pure yet delicate and elegant bouquet with iodine, lemon zest, hazelnut, herbal and very fine spicy notes, all perfectly interwoven. The palate is predestinated for the Brut Nature style because it's rich, ripe, round and fruity by the nature of the vintage and is also pure, fresh and salty, with just the right creaminess and mineral tension. The finish is long and chalky and reveals great mineral purity, tension and stimulating salinity. The 2009 has developed enormously in the past few years and is now very fine and elegant as well as perfectly matured. (SR)
Designer Philippe Starck was involved in the blending and label design of this Champagne. It is a pure crisp white-fruit-flavored wine, almost austere with intense acidity. Like many great bone dry Champagnes it will need to age to allow the spare lines of the wine to fill out. Drink this bottling from 2019. (RV)
Like a racehorse at the gate, this is full of power and energy, and the firm, minerally frame finds its stride thanks to the cloak of fine and creamy mousse carrying flavors of crunchy white peach and pear fruit, grated ginger and pink grapefruit zest. (AN)
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