The other night at our 18th Annual Champagne Extravaganza I made a point to go to each table and taste through all of the genuine Champagnes that are marketed as Brut Non-Vintage. Taste as many of those to see what these wineries are doing at the base level and be able to compare them to each other while the taste of each is fresh in my mind. I always enjoy Louis Roederer Brut Premier whenever I drink it, so it wasn’t a huge surprise to me that I had it down as my favorite of the group.
Brut Premier uses all three Champagne grape varieties from more than 40 different plots. 40% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay, 20% pinot meunier.
Delicate and elegant. Its reserve wines bring rich round flavors that make it vibrant, fresh and generous. From the outset, Brut Premier affirms its personality and seduction: the texture is full and generous and, in a fairly unexpected way, integrates characteristics of maturity associated with fruitier and more refreshing notes. The wine has a fresh festive finesse. In the mouth, the wine has structure, richness and length. It is a full, complex wine that is both modern and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.
“The nose is super fresh and has plenty of ripe strawberries, along with lemons and grapefruit. The palate has a tense, fresh, mineral-salt core and then layers of fleshier, supple fruit. All you want in a great NV! This is 75 per cent from the cooler 2013 harvest, the balance made up of reserve wines, ten per cent of which is much older material. Drink or hold. 92 Points,” James Suckling
“Based on the 2013 vintage (75%) and complemented with 25% reserve wines going back to 2006, Roederer’s NV Brut Premier (2013) has a straw yellow color and offers lovely intensity and finesse on the nose, displaying brioche and honey notes along with ripe white fruit and flowery aromas. Round and fresh on the beautifully balanced palate and with a refreshing citrus flavor in the clear, crisp and pure finish, this is a very elegant, vital and stimulating cuvée. To make a long story short: Roederer’s NV Brut Premier is a classic aperitif and gastronomic wine that can be served everywhere and anytime. Tasted in Reims in May 2018. 91 Points,” Wine Advocate