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Champagne Louis Roederer Collection 241 NV (Magnum)

Champagne Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 1500ml
  • Vintage: NV
  • ABV: 12%
  • Origin: Champagne/France
  • Grapes: 42% Pinot Noir / 40% Chardonnay/ 18% Pinot Meunier

Description

Founded in 1776, and property of the same family since 1819, Champagne Louis Roederer is today one of the last major Champagne houses to be an independent family affair. The annual production of its wines (Collection, Carte Blanche, Brut Vintage, Rosé Vintage, Blanc de Blancs, Cristal, Cristal Rosé) represents just over three million bottles, distributed to 100 countries worldwide. Champagne Louis Roederer owns just over 240 hectares of vineyard located in the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. Each vineyard is situated in the finest site, of which 90% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru classified. The house uses 100% of its own grapes for vintage styles, and 60% for the Collection blend. Such a high proportion of estate-grown grapes is unusual in Champagne, ensuring superior quality at all stages from grape to glass. 5% of the wines are matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage. 10% of the reserve wines are matured in casks with partial malolactic fermentation.

Collection 241 was crafted using 17% oak-aged reserve wines (from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), 34% Perpetual Reserve, and 49% of the finest grapes harvested in 2016. The 241 blend is based on the intensity of the Pinot noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims which were particularly outstanding in 2016 with their bouquet of tangy, yellow fruit combined with lightly toasted, saline notes. The palate is round and juicy with a chalky, mineral and saline freshness and a very distinctive structure. The overall impression is of a linear, elegant and fresh wine.