NV Louis Roederer Collection 242 Brut Champagne

Champagne Blend - 750ML
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JS 94 WE 94 WA 93 DC 92 VN 92 WS 92
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, July 2022

Dried-lemon, apricot, green-apple, salted-almond, walnut and light caramel notes. Vinous and layered, with small and tight bubbles. Excellent focus and intensity. Based on 2018, with reserve wines going back to 2009...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, July 2022

This is the first in a new series of nonvintage Champagnes that replaces the producer's well-known Brut Premier. Based around the 2017 vintage and blended with wines from six other years, the wine is dry while also having...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2021

93+ "Roederer's Brut Premier was created in the 1980s to prove to consumers that we could deliver consistent quality with a blend that compensated for less than perfectly ripe vintages," explains Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon...
DC 92

Decanter, July 2021

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...
VN 92

Vinous, March 2021

The NV Collection 242 is a new wine from Roederer that replaces the Brut Premier in the range. The Collection (which now will be numbered by harvest) is a blend of three components: a perpetual reserve done in the classic...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, October 2021

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...


Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage NV
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12%
Closure Cork

In 1845, at a time when majority of winemakers were buying the grapes rather than cultivating their own, Louis Roederer took a visionary approach. Wanting to master every aspect of the wine’s creation, he acquired several Grand Cru vineyards in Verzenay. Since then, every Louis Roederer vintage originates exclusively from their own vines. Its tete-de-cuvee, Louis Roederer Cristal, is among the finest Champagnes in the world.

The estate, which originally comprised 100 hectares acquired in 1850, now extends over 240 hectares, carefully chosen from the best terroirs of the Montagne de Reims, the Cote des Blancs, and the Vallee de la Marne. The estate cultivates 3 traditional grape varieties: Chardonnay for its minerality, finesse, and elegance; Pinot Noir’s solid constitution which adds structure to the blends and prepares the wine for aging; and Pinot Meunier whose adaptability brings harmony and softness to certain cuvees.

The Louis Roederer House has remained an independent, family-owned company and is now managed by Frederic Rouzaud, who represents the seventh generation of the lineage.

Behold the magnificent 9998 Louis Roederer Collection 242 Brut Champagne, a true masterpiece crafted by the esteemed Louis Roederer in the illustrious Champagne region of France. This exquisite Champagne blend showcases the epitome of elegance and sophistication, enveloped in a mesmerizing white hue that shimmers softly like straw gold, with hints of green tints that dance gracefully in the glass.

Upon the first encounter, the nose is greeted by a gentle authority, unveiling a captivating bouquet of spring flowers that delicately garland stone fruit. A subtle hint of hawthorn adds an enchanting touch, while the essence of lemongrass weaves through the air. As the elixir caresses the palate, one is transported to a realm of encyclopedic depth, where the intricacies of the Perpetual Reserve work their early magic. Almond, sloe, gingerbread, and apples intertwine, creating a symphony of flavors that captivate the senses.

The finale of this opulent experience unveils a pleasing twist of bitterness, courtesy of the small percentage of oak-aged reserve wine. Perhaps the dosage can be further reduced, as the engaging and subtle complexity harnessed elsewhere is truly remarkable.

Renowned wine critics have bestowed their praise upon this extraordinary creation. Decanter awards it a score of 92, describing its richness and resonance, with plenty of yellow orchard fruit and floral character. James Suckling bestows a score of 94, highlighting the dried-lemon, apricot, green apple, salted almond, walnut, and light caramel notes that intertwine harmoniously. Vinous echoes the sentiment with a score of 92, praising its complexity and silkier texture.

Immerse yourself in the splendor of the 9998 Louis Roederer Collection 242 Brut Champagne. Indulge in its vinous and layered profile, with small and tight bubbles that dance upon the tongue. Let each sip transport you to the enchanting vineyards of Champagne, where the artistry of Louis Roederer has been captured within every precious drop. This exceptional Champagne is destined to be savored and celebrated, an embodiment of elegance and refinement.