The first release of the new Louis Roederer Collection which is taking over the Brut Premier as the house NV.
The Collection 242 blend is dominated by Chardonnay which was of exceptional quality in the 2017 vintage. The perfectly ripe Chardonnay grapes lend the wine its aromas of ripe, sweet fruit complemented by subtle oaky notes. The palate is rich and ripe with a luxurious texture that coats the palate, the signature of an outstanding Chardonnay. The Pinot noir and Meunier grapes from the Vallée de la Marne complete the wine’s broad, luscious, smooth and juicy character. The finish is energetic and fresh.
42% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir, 22% Pinot Meunier
Perpetual reserve - 34% (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Reserve wines aged in oak - 10% (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
2017 vintage: 56%
Malolactic fermentation - 34%
Dosage - 8g/l
95 points - Huon Hooke
94 points - James Suckling
94 points - Curly Haslam-Coates, The Wine Front
Wine Spectator Top 100 Of 2021