Varietal: 67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay
Aging: Fermentation uniquely in wooden casks
Region: Champagne, France
From iconic producer Louis Roederer, we have the remarkable collaboration between winemaker Frederic Rouzaud and Philippe Starck: Brut Nature Starck Edition. The winery talks about their 3 tenets for this cuvee below. In a nutshell, this Champagne is a stunning style of evervescence, without any dosage, or sugar. Think dry, deliciously so. It is a study of the purity of the wine, the winery’s terroir, and the snapshot of that day’s harvest – with the added bonus of bubbles. We are spellbound. They fine-tuned this method in 2003, 2004 and 2005 before finally selecting 2006 as the vintage for bottling. And then Philippe Starck designed the label…
The tenets are:Authenticity and Truth – Emphasized by the distinctiveness of a producer’s wine, resulting in an unusual and summery vintage, from a unique soil-clay and stony-characterized by optimal maturity. Abstraction – A difficult notion to translate into technical reality, but Roederer aims to refine and simplify their processes in various ways including harvesting the estate’s vineyards on the same day; blending all the grapes directly on the press; removing minimal sludge and encouraging spontaneous fermentation; avoiding chaptalization; ensuring that 100% of the fermentation process occurs in wooden tanks; allowing the wines to age over a long period, without racking (soutirage), and ensuring they are produced in accordance with biodynamic rhythms. Elegance – Reflected in the quest for optimal purity through a balanced proportion of about 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, an absence of malolactic fermentation, a soft and sensual effervescence, and no dosage.