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« Brut Nature 2009 is without a doubt the least Roederer in style of all our champagnes, as well as the most modern. It was the perfect opportunity to move away from our usual habits and shake up our methods. This wine was born from an abstraction and has evolved to become this idea. »
— Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master.
The idea for the cuvée Brut Nature was born in 2006 in the Louis Roederer vineyards. This champagne is the result of an encounter between a Champagne House working alongside nature and a creative genius with a free spirit: Philippe Starck.
Roederer CEO, Frédéric Rouzaud, brought his intuition, the designer developed the idea and the Cellar Master, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, set the wheels in motion. Their discussions, begun with the first opus, have evolved towards the creation of a second vintage.
The sun reflects off of the black earth of Cumières, with its cold beauty and south-facing clay hillside. Its ten hectares of vines are cultivated by hand and raked up around the foot of the vine in line with traditional practices and biodynamic principles. This is a haute couture approach to wine growing and therefore a natural choice for our vineyards. This demanding approach to viticulture, which is based on an in-depth understanding of the vine, was introduced around the year 2000 and is now used in over 150 of the 410 plots that form the Louis Roederer vineyards.
The 2009 vintage produced perfectly ripe grapes. On the road that runs between Hautvillers and Damery, lined with some of the most prestigious Champagne vineyards, the grapes are fleshy, plump and taut with rich juices. These optimum weather conditions resulted in high quality, juicy, sun-drenched grapes with exceptional balance, reminiscent of the mythical 1947, 1959, 1964 and 1989 vintages.
In these warm, continental years, the cold clay expresses its character, sculpting their depths. During this dry year, all the conditions were in place for an outstanding vintage with powerful, concentrated and vinous juices balanced out by a steely acidity.
Abstract conversations between Frédéric Rouzaud, Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and Philippe Starck began with a few very specific words which formed the foundations for the Brut Nature 2009: honest, minimal, diagonal and modern. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon gave these words a texture and brought them to life.
This quest for authenticity reflects the pure elegance and true friendship that characterises the Brut Nature 2009, a sincere wine produced by honest people who seek to provide the ultimate in tasting pleasure.
"We came up with the idea of making a fresh cuvée from clay soils in a sunny year", explains Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. The deep clay reflects the warmth of the sun in Champagne and softens the landscape. "In order to achieve this, we did exactly the opposite of what we would normally do when crafting a new cuvée. We started with the finished article and then moved back up the process of its creation and construction", he adds.
The Brut Nature 2009 Champagne is such a work of purity, verticality, history, modernity and honesty that there was nothing to hide. The packaging had to reflect the champagne: the bare minimum, the first principle.
Philippe Starck created the label of the Brut Nature 2009 in the spirit of "a man who has created a champagne that he is proud of. He draws the beautiful, classical script on a piece of white paper that he happened to come across, a flyleaf of a book or a sheet from his daughter's sketch book. Then, simply, naturally, he underlines the significant words in felt-tip. This champagne requires nothing artificial. Beauty is revealed at its very core, when there is nothing left to remove. This is the case with Brut Nature 2009, the only thing left to remove is the cork in order to drink the champagne."