NV Louis Roederer Carte Blanche Demi-Sec, Champagne, France (750ml)
Carte Blanche possesses a fine but very regular stream of persistent bubbles. It has a golden color shimmering with old-gold reflections and has sweet, ripe fruit on the nose with intensely floral, honeyed notes and hints of warm, sugared almonds (frangipane). The attack is rich and creamy, filling the mouth with flavor but without a trace of heaviness. The warmth and sweetness of the nose follows through on the palate, now dominated by notes of crystallized citrus. This adds a freshness that balances the wine's volume and creates a sense of lasting harmony.
Blend: 56% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier.
The color is pale golden. The inclusion of oak-aged reserve wines from four to 10 years is more apparent than in the "Brut" quality champagnes. The reserve wines give complexity and roundness characteristic of Louis Roederer champagnes. Carte Blanche is slightly sweet, smooth and creamy; an ideal dessert wine. A sugar dosage gives the wine a pleasant sweetness without masking its complexity and elegance.
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