Thursday, February 12, 2009

Roederer Tasting the other night

Speaking of anti-cyclical planning, we battled against the zeitgeist (or shitegeist as David McWilliams now calls it) by having a great Louis Roederer tasting the other night, presented with characteristic panache by Charles Searson (thanks again Charles). The wines tasted were:

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV - this is one of my favourite NV champagnes - very stylish, easy-drinking style with plenty of depth and concentration.

Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2000 - crisp, fresh on the palate but broadens out on the finish. Loads of fruit, would be a very good food wine.

Louis Roederer Rose 2003 - strawberries and raspberries on the nose, quite muted. Fruit explodes on the palate, suave and delicious. Put away for a few years.

Cristal 2002 - one of the great vintages of this great champagne. This is all about elegance, concentration and complexity. Still a baby, but amazing.

Louis Roederer Vintage 1996 - another great vintage, this was drinking beautifully. Secondary notes were prevalent and enhanced the complexity - beautifully balanced, elegant and concentrated.

A great tasting.

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