LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT NATURE 2015
The ripe, continental 2015 vintage gave us wines with magnificent concentration, incredible depth and an interesting vegetal, sappy character. — Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master
THE STORY OF AN ENCOUNTER
Conceived as an exchange and shaped by friendship, this wine is first and foremost a result of the free-thinking that came out of a meeting between Louis Roederer’s CEO Frédéric Rouzaud, his cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and the designer Philippe Starck. Their conversations led to the creation of the very first Brut Nature in 2006 and the relationship continued to grow over the years to give us the 2009 and 2012 vintages.
The Brut Nature was born from an idea of the dreamed-for, perfect champagne. It is a wine that captures the freshness of the clay soils in a sunny year, a wine of truth, the testimony to an encounter, a soil, a year, free spirits and the independent spirit that runs through the Champagne House. It is a champagne that perfectly encapsulates this new exploration of a Louis Roederer terroir.
By allowing us to interpret his words, Philippe has enabled us to go beyond boundaries that we would not otherwise have crossed were it not for his clear vision and guidance. The more precise he was in the description of his dream, the more precise we were able to be in the creation of his champagne. — Frédéric Rouzaud, CEO
THE EXPRESSION OF A TERROIR - THE BLACK SOILS OF CUMIERES
Cumières clay hillside, turned towards the sun and basking in its light, is a hallowed enclave, whose grapes always possess a remarkable fragrance and richness. These black soils, on the banks of the Marne river, have long been known to produce generous, opulent and intensely fragrant grapes. In warmer years the grapes obtain incredible ripeness and a higher vibration which gives us this lovely contrast between fruity intensity and salinity.
This terroir is composed of the three “Chèvres" plots which are situated on a small hillock on the outskirts of the village of Cumières. They were formerly used as grazing land and have a variety of different exposures. “Les Pierreuses” is the highest, most pebbly, south-facing section of the hillside, whilst “Les Chèvres” lies further down near the road, faces southeast and has a higher clay content. Lastly “Les Clos” is a small, southwest facing mound with the highest clay content of them all.
A unique and dynamic language that stems from the work in the vineyards. — Philippe Starck, designer
GENTLE AND MEASURED GROWING PRACTICES
This terroir is worked gently using a respectful and measured winegrowing approach to preserve its unique energy. This gentle and respectful approach to winegrowing enriches the spirit of the place, the origins of the wine and the clay composition of the soils.
The blend of varietals further reinforces this unique expression of the wine’s origins. The grapes are picked on the same day and pressed together, all at once, a technique commonly employed by our forefathers.
No further blending is carried out after this point and the wines are directly bottled at the end of the fermentation process.
Brut Nature is a laboratory that allows Louis Roederer to push this living matter, this biodiversity, as far as we can, to see to what extent this biodiversity could perhaps take over from many of our practices. — Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master
THE SPECTACULAR 2015 VINTAGE 2015 was a continental year that blessed us with perfectly ripe grapes with intensely fruity aromas, a dense texture and remarkable concentration. It was a spectacular vintage with a hot, sunny summer, record high temperatures and a glorious end to the season with rainy spells that helped to slow the ripening. This cool end to the growing cycle resulted in juicy grapes with a particularly interesting sappy, vegetal character.
We're heading in the right direction for the future. — Philippe Starck, designer