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NV Louis Roederer Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Collection 243" (10/22)

Louis Roederer Collection 243

Winery: Louis Roederer

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Collection 243" (10/22)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 42% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, & 18% Meunier

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Champagne

State or country: France

Price: $70

Cases produced: 40,000

KWG Score: 94 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: October 19, 2022

Wine Review: This white gold colored Champagne displays lots of tiny bubbles. It features an inviting bread dough and chamomile tea bouquet with hints of lemon verbena and green apple. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with medium integrated acidity. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced, elegant, and refined. The flavor profile is a tasty gentle lemon and bread dough blend with notes of white tea and granny smith apple. We also detected some hints of lime, chalky minerality, and saline mix in. The finish is dry, clean, and its flavors drift away nicely. The Tasting Panel would pair this crowd-pleasing Champagne with Dover sole, linguini and white clam sauce, or with a crab cocktail. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Bright, golden hue with shimmering highlights. Fine, lively mousse with lingering threads of bubbles. The bouquet is open and rich yet also wonderfully fresh. It offers an explosion of ripe, delicate fruit with intense notes of yellow fruit (Mirabelle plum) from the pinot noir complemented by sweet citrus fruits (lemon meringue pie) and delicate notes of white flowers (jasmine) from the chardonnay. The nose opens up to reveal autolytic characters and evolves towards smoky, roasted notes and freshly baked pastries. The palate is deep and dense with a big, well-structured backbone. The texture is simply mesmerizing with its fleshy mouthfeel from the pinot noir that coats the palate before giving way to an incredible saline freshness with a pleasant hint of bitterness. This wine combines the strength, intensity and power of the delectably ripe Pinot Noirs which are balanced to perfection by the chalky freshness and density from the Chardonnay which forms the majority of the blend.

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