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Champagne & Chocolates - Louis Roederer Collection 242

$119.95

We've combined the exquisite four piece handmade chocolate truffles from local artisan Chocolatier, Jessica Foster, with this innovative new Champagne from one of the last great independent and family-run Champagne Houses, Louis Roederer. The house that built Cristal!

"In a brave about-face, Louis Roederer has ditched its best-selling Brut Premier NV cuvée and replaced it with the new Louis Roederer Collection 242, a multi-vintage blend that uses both a string of reserve wines and a high proportion of a solera-style Perpetual Reserve – created in 2012 and topped up after subsequent harvests. Underlying the move is cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon’s vision to cope with warming temperatures in the region and to create an unique NV that gets increasingly complex with each subsequent harvest. When Louis Roederer launched its new multi-vintage Louis Roederer Collection 242 in October, cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon was aware this was a “jump fully into the unknown”. For, rather than create a multi-vintage cuvée that has the brand promise of a consistent style, the philosophy behind this new wine is to create a cuvée that changes every year and revels in that uniqueness – effectively bringing a vintage strategy into the non-vintage category. In this respect the new cuvée is effectively a vintage Champagne in disguise." - Peter Dean

 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of cooked apple, bread dough and lemon tart follow through to a full body with round, delicious fruit and a rich, flavorful finish. Yet, it remains tight and fine with lovely, compressed bubbles. New energy and freshness. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of fruit and vivid intensity. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it's concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up. (WK) 93+ Inner quote mark (9/2021)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Softly shimmering straw gold, green tints, with a delicate filigree dancing at will around the glass. The nose is gently authoritative; spring flowers garlanding stone fruit, a hint of hawthorn maybe, then lemongrass. The palate has encyclopaedic depth, the intricacies of the Perpetual Reserve weaving their early magic; almond, sloe, gingerbread and apples; the finish has a pleasing twist of bitterness, courtesy of the small percentage of oak-aged reserve wine. (SF) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Whereas Brut Premier was typically a focused, nervy wine that, while consistently excellent, also was not always in line with the Roederer house style, the 242 tastes more like a Roederer Champagne in terms of its complexity. Incidentally, there is no Vintage, Cristal or Cristal Rosé in 2017, so all the best lots went into this bottling. Dosage is 8 grams per liter, so lower than the 9 or so that was typical for recent Brut Premier and much lower than the 12-13 that was once customary. The 242 was also bottled with a bit less sugar than the norm, which results in lower atmospheres of pressure in the bottle and silkier texture. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A bright, harmonious Champagne, layering well-cut acidity and a chalky underpinning with flavors of white cherry, crunchy pineapple, green almond and beeswax. The finely detailed mousse carries hints of saffron and spring blossom on the lingering finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

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We've combined the exquisite four piece handmade chocolate truffles from local artisan Chocolatier, Jessica Foster, with this innovative new Champagne from one of the last great independent and family-run Champagne Houses, Louis Roederer. The house that built Cristal!

"In a brave about-face, Louis Roederer has ditched its best-selling Brut Premier NV cuvée and replaced it with the new Louis Roederer Collection 242, a multi-vintage blend that uses both a string of reserve wines and a high proportion of a solera-style Perpetual Reserve – created in 2012 and topped up after subsequent harvests. Underlying the move is cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon’s vision to cope with warming temperatures in the region and to create an unique NV that gets increasingly complex with each subsequent harvest. When Louis Roederer launched its new multi-vintage Louis Roederer Collection 242 in October, cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon was aware this was a “jump fully into the unknown”. For, rather than create a multi-vintage cuvée that has the brand promise of a consistent style, the philosophy behind this new wine is to create a cuvée that changes every year and revels in that uniqueness – effectively bringing a vintage strategy into the non-vintage category. In this respect the new cuvée is effectively a vintage Champagne in disguise." - Peter Dean

 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of cooked apple, bread dough and lemon tart follow through to a full body with round, delicious fruit and a rich, flavorful finish. Yet, it remains tight and fine with lovely, compressed bubbles. New energy and freshness. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of fruit and vivid intensity. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it's concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up. (WK) 93+ Inner quote mark (9/2021)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Softly shimmering straw gold, green tints, with a delicate filigree dancing at will around the glass. The nose is gently authoritative; spring flowers garlanding stone fruit, a hint of hawthorn maybe, then lemongrass. The palate has encyclopaedic depth, the intricacies of the Perpetual Reserve weaving their early magic; almond, sloe, gingerbread and apples; the finish has a pleasing twist of bitterness, courtesy of the small percentage of oak-aged reserve wine. (SF) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Whereas Brut Premier was typically a focused, nervy wine that, while consistently excellent, also was not always in line with the Roederer house style, the 242 tastes more like a Roederer Champagne in terms of its complexity. Incidentally, there is no Vintage, Cristal or Cristal Rosé in 2017, so all the best lots went into this bottling. Dosage is 8 grams per liter, so lower than the 9 or so that was typical for recent Brut Premier and much lower than the 12-13 that was once customary. The 242 was also bottled with a bit less sugar than the norm, which results in lower atmospheres of pressure in the bottle and silkier texture. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A bright, harmonious Champagne, layering well-cut acidity and a chalky underpinning with flavors of white cherry, crunchy pineapple, green almond and beeswax. The finely detailed mousse carries hints of saffron and spring blossom on the lingering finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

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Weight: 2.00 LBS
Width: 7.00
Height: 7.00
Depth: 12.00
Shipping: Calculated at Checkout