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2013 Louis Roederer Champagne

Initially founded in 1776 as Dubois Père & Fils, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and renamed it in 1833. “Louis Roederer’s guiding principle was that all great wine depends on the quality of the soil, a passion for tradition, and an astute vision of the future.” In 1979 Jean-Claude Rouzaud, grandson of Camille Olry Roederer, inherited this house. His son, Frédéric Rouzaud, has been the director of the company since 2006. It remains an independent family-run house recognized for their ultra-premium Cristal label, which was originally created for Russian Czar Alexander II.
Composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This pale yellow wine opens with fine bubbles and a brilliant bouquet of fresh pie crust and lemon zest. Within are notes of stone fruits, white melon and lemon oils layered between crushed chalk. This wine is vibrant and well-structured with fresh acidity that keeps it balanced throughout.
By W Peter Hoyne