Louis Roederer, Vintage Brut Reims 1990

Roederer Estate Brut 1990 #2

Roederer Estate Brut 1990 #3

Roederer Estate Brut 1990 #1

From magnum.  66% Pinot Noir; 33% Chardonnay.  Vinification: 30% matured in oak casks with weekly batonnage; no malolatic fermentation.  Aged four years on the lees, another six months after disgorgement.  11 g/l dosage.

Bewitching duality when you compare this same wine in 750ml.  Medium straw color; very little development, if at all.   Nascent, tensile, meaty nose.  Has little of the heady ’90 spice and chocolate biscuits to be found in regular format.  From magnum, still mostly knees and elbows, pungent, sleek, more lifted white florality and sugar wafer-y.  Rivulets of crunchy, pristine fruit: peach stone, meyer lemon, red raspberry (in the 750ml, this wine is a more voluptuous pêche-de-vigne). Roederer’s bead and mousse exhibit real breed and this is no exception.  Zesty, prominent (but not fierce) limestone cut.  Wintery for ’90.  In large format, these still need time and space.  Now – 2020+.

Roederer Estate Brut 1990

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