This is all from Avize – it sits alone with Cristal in being a wine that is 100% about chalk for J.B.-Lécaillon. The ripeness is always pushed to around 12-13%, with the juice being deliberately oxidised at harvest and fermented in around 20% large, neutral oak. Mirabelles, golden apple and some delicate white flowers welcome you in, but these bristling wet chalk and salty, fresh oatmeal notes take this beyond just a fruit ‘n flower Blanc de Blancs expression. Lovely silkiness on the palate (4 bar pressure here), with intense crystallised citrus fruits and herbal touches. This is a bit of an outlier in the Roederer portfolio for me (even more so than the Brut Nature perhaps), but it’s hugely enjoyable and has some development ahead of it. It’s like a negative of the main vintage cuvée – worth looking out for in 2012 (if there is one!
Date Tasted : 07/06/2019