Collection 242 is 56% base wine V2017: 42% chardonnay, 36% pinot noir & 22% pinot meunier.
In response to Climate Change and riper fruit, Louis Roederer have for the past 10 years been working on adapting Brut Premier. There came a point where their multi-vintage cuvée was no long Brut Premier…it had become Collection. Each Collection has its own identity – Collection 242 represents the 242nd cuvée since foundation.
For freshness & salinity Louis Roederer started a Réserve Perpétuellein 2012: 50/50 chardonnay & pinot noir, zero MLF, stored reductively in large stainless-steel vats. For depth & complexity Louis Roederer increased Réserve wines to 10%, mainly young vine Domaine Cristal vines, aged in large wooden foudres. True to the founder’s vision, Collection is made from a third each Montagny de Reims (La Montagne), Vallée de la Marne (La Riviere) & Côtes des Blancs (La Côte).
Collection 242 has a lower dosage, 8 gms/Lt
The new cuvee from Roederer, replacing the the Brut Premier NV. Three main changes; older base material, an increase in reserve wine and lower dosage. Aromatically there's plenty of ripe stone fruit, some red fruits and well checked brioche and yeasty elements. In the mouth it's refined and balanced between ample flavour and succinct linearity - working the equilibrium between lower dosage and grater reserve expertly. Clean, refreshing and slight salinity. Big fans. Jeremy Muller, FWC.
This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it's concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up. Drink 2021-2035. 93+ Points. William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.