Champagne Théophile is a worthy heir to ‘THÉO’ champagne which enjoyed a cult following in the restaurants and bars of the bohemian Montparnasse quarter of Paris during the 1930s.
Re-launched by Louis Roederer, Champagne Théophile is created in a style in keeping with its predecessor.
To celebrate the unique history of this champagne, the presentation is a bold and distinctive throwback to the art-deco style of the 1930s. With its elegant and selfconfident label design it stands out from the crowd.
Théophile is made from a classic three-way blend of the grapes of champagne; 33% Pinot Meunier, 33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir. The backbone of the wine comes from younger Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines from Roederer’s own estate supplemented by purchases of all three grapes varieties of which about two thirds of the Pinots Noir and Meunier come from the Valleé de la Marne and a third come from the west of the Montagne de Reims.
The blend comes from four different vintages and is left to mature for an average of 2 years in Roederer’s cellars and then left for a further 6 months post disgorgement prior to being released. The dosage is 10.5 g/L.
Théophile undergoes a partial malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and up to 30% reserve wines are included in the blend to provide it with a very distinctive character – balanced, full-bodied and generous with a lightly provocative and zesty bite of acidity.
Champagne Théophile NV is pale in colour with light gold tints and with longlasting fine bubbles. Rich and subtle bouquet with hints of white flowers and hawthorn and a lively palate balanced by a creamy structure showing perfect harmony between the structure and fruitiness of Pinot Noir and the finesse of Chardonnay.
Champagne Théophile NV Rosé will be available in very limited quantities. It is made in precisely the same manner as the NV but with the addition of a small proportion of still red wine from the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. A slightly misty pastel pink colour with a youthful nose which is bursting with red berries. The palate is full-bodied and fresh with red and forest fruits.