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First taste: Louis Roederer Collection 242

Simon Field introduces the new wine that replaces Roederer's Brut Premier.

Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has long been regarded as the most gifted chef de caves of his generation; it is now increasingly clear that he is also the Champagne region’s most eloquent ambassador.

2021 marks a striking double for Roederer: the release of a superlative Cristal 2013 and – even more notable – the launch of Collection 242, which replaces the Brut Premier.

Scroll down for Simon Field MW’s Louis Roederer Collection 242 tasting note and score

A multi-vintage cuvée, the 242 is built on the same philosophy as the Jacquesson 7 series and Krug’s Edition.

The ‘242’ refers to the fact that the youngest vintage in the blend, 2017, is the 242nd harvest chez Roederer (Krug are only up to Edition 169!) Jean-Baptiste is quite specific; ‘this marks the end of the era of Brut Sans Année Champagne’. Quite a claim!

See Simon Field MW’s Roederer Collection 242 tasting note and score

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