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Champagne Louis Roederer

A quest for perfection

Champagne Louis Roederer was established in 1776 and remains under the ownership of the Rouzaud family to this day. With over 240 hectares of vineyards located exclusively in Grands and Premiers Crus villages, Champagne Louis Roederer is self-sufficient for approximately 70% of their non vintage production and 100% of their vintage champagnes.

The current CEO is Frédéric Rouzaud, 7th generation of the Roederer family. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Chef de Cave since 1999, was appointed Executive Vice President in 2006, a title he shares with Michel Janneau.

Since 2000, the house has been conducting trials with organic and biodynamic viticulture across 82 hectares and currently has the largest landholding of such vineyards in the region. The intention is not to gain biodynamic certification but rather to enhance the experimental approach of the house with the aim of continuously striving to improve the overall quality.

A selection of the finest wines from each vintage is set aside to be matured in large oak casks in Champagne Louis Roederer’s unique reserve cellar. This wine is aged over a number of years and is highly prized for contributing the mature complexity and consistent character which defines the Champagne Louis Roederer style.

The house makes a range of champagnes starting with the classic non vintage Brut Premier blended from six different vintages from over 40 individual plots in a cuvée composed of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. The champagne is made in a style that is refreshing yet with a satisfying depth of flavour.

Carte Blanche Demi-Sec is the same blend as the Brut Premier with a slightly higher dosage, making it the ideal accompaniment to afternoon tea or dessert or, best of all, as a toast at a wedding.

It is only in the best years that Champagne Louis Roederer makes a Brut Vintage from a blend of 70% Pinot Noir (mainly from the Grand Cru village of Verzenay) and 30% Chardonnay, which is then aged for a minimum of four years. Thanks to the predominance of grapes grown in Verzenay, a Grand Cru village on the Montagne de Reims, the wine is considered to be an expression of the terroir on that dark and dramatic mountain in the middle of the otherwise flat plaine champenoise.

Champagne Louis Roederer also makes a Rosé Vintage using the saignée method. The Vintage Rosé undergoes a cold maceration that can last five to eight days. The Rosé Vintage is considered an expression of the Vallée de la Marne where the Pinot Noir benefits from the additional warmth of the light reflected off the Marne, giving the wine fuller, fruitier flavours.

From the best Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs Champagne Louis Roederer makes a Blanc de Blancs from Chardonnay, which is bottled at a lower pressure (four atmospheres rather than the usual six) to ensure freshness and rounder, smoother bubbles.

The ultimate Cuvée de Prestige, Champagne Louis Roederer’s Cristal was first created for Tsar Alexander II of Russia in 1876 with an iconic bottle design with a flat base and made from clear crystal. The distinctive wrapper is there to protect the wine from ultraviolet light. It is only produced in the very finest vintages. The blend is usually 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from only the best rated sites of Champagne Louis Roederer’s vineyards. Cristal is released after six years ageing in the Reims cellars and is the benchmark for luxury champagnes.

In 2014, the House launched the first new product in 40 years – since the launch of Cristal Rosé in 1975; the Brut Nature 2006 in partnership with celebrated designer Philippe Starck. The wine is a vintage zero dosage wine, using grapes primarily from a specific parcel in Grand Cru village Cumieres in the Vallée de la Marne, giving the wine a unique sense of terroir.

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Brut Premier NV — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Premier NV

AOC Champagne

40% Pinot Noir
40% Chardonnay
20% Pinot Meunier

Tasting note

“From the outset, the texture is full and generous and, in a fairly unexpected way, integrates characteristics of maturity associated with fruitier and more refreshing notes. The wine has a fresh festive finesse, and in the mouth, the wine has structure, richness and length. It is a full, complex wine that is both modern and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.” – Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

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Cristal Brut 2009 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut 2009

AOC Champagne

60% Pinot Noir
40% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Yellow gold in colour with amber tints and persistent, fine and lively bubbles. Subtle on the nose with notes of citrus compote, candied apricots and honeysuckle. When aerated, notes of vanilla and cocoa bean emerge, with toasted hazelnut, hints of liquorice and even a touch of cinnamon.

The palate is structured and energetic with chalky, cherry freshness and an almost mentholated brightness. The Cristal 2009 is delicate and etherial, exceptionally focussed and full of energy.

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Cristal Rosé 2009 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Rosé 2009

AOC Champagne

Pinot Noir: 55%
Chardonnay: 45%

Tasting note

Elegant and profound with dark berries, forest fruits and ripe Morello cherry on the nose, reminiscent of concentrated, tangy jam. The immediate effect on the palate is velvety, silky and enchanting – characteristic of the great Pinot Noir from Aÿ, simultaneously intense with a tight strructure, all the while remaining delicate, subtle and etherial.

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Brut Nature 2009 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Nature 2009

Champagne

2/3 Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
1/3 Chardonnay

Tasting note

Yellow in colour with glints of light amber.
Discreet and extremely fine bubbles.
Intense bouquet combining sweet flowers (honeysuckle, broom), yellow fruits (peach) and lightly roasted dried nuts (hazelnut). Evolves towards spicy and citrus notes with a hint of Sancho pepper as well as soft, sweet, ripe notes of chestnut cream.
Ample and light on entry to the palate. Ample, thanks to its sweet, creamy, almost spherical texture that seductively wraps around the mouth, coating the palate; light, due to its elegant, saline freshness that stretches the wine giving it a smooth, delicate and airy mouthfeel. You will not fail to be charmed by its juicy aromas of sun-drenched fruit that gently caress the palate. An elegant bitterness combined with zesty, spicy and delicate oaky notes linger on the finish.

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Rosé Vintage 2012  — Champagne Louis Roederer

Rosé Vintage 2012

Champagne, France

63% Pinot Noir
37% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Exceptionally fine, lively sparkle forming even, persistent streams of bubbles.

Intense bouquet of ripe wild strawberries, pink grapefruit and candied orange, accompanied by subtle notes of orange blossom and Madagascar vanilla.  The bouquet is very inviting and develops slowly to reveal  deep, sweet character.

The beautifully balanced palate boasts silken ripe fruit and zesty citrus over a vibrant and chalky palate with hints of liquorice spice.  The wine is elongated by a persistent fresh, almost effervescent chalky finish with subtle notes of hazelnut and cocoa beans.

Due to the decision not to carry out the malolactic fermentation, it has retained a remarkable freshness.

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Brut Vintage 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Vintage 2012

AOC Champagne

70% Pinot Noir
30% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Golden yellow with soft amber tints and a bright, gentle sparkle.

The subtle bouquet reveals spring-like notes of fresh citrus fruits, smoky mineral aromas and hints of lightly toasted almonds. The wine has a talc-like chalkiness and is both soft and full bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a long finish.

The 2012 vintage displays the minerality of the Pinot Noirs grown in the Verzy and Verzenay vineyards.

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Blanc de Blancs 2010 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Blanc de Blancs 2010

AOC Champagne

100% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Yellow-gold in colour with subtle green tints and a subtle, smooth effervescence. An intense bouquet of golden plum and tangy mango, candied lemon, flowers (mimosa) and buttery pastries. A light aeration reveals hints of sugared almonds (ground almonds), white chocolate with a slight vanilla edge and baked apples.The expectation is for a substantial and voluminous follow-up – but instead the initial intensity subsides revealing the precision, purity and chalky, mineral freshness of the grand Avize Chardonnays.

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Carte Blanche NV — Champagne Louis Roederer

Carte Blanche NV

AOC Champagne

40% Pinot Noir
40% Chardonnay
20% Pinot Meunier

Tasting note

Carte Blanche offers intense floral tones (honey) and notes of ripe sweet fruits (caramelised apple), and warm sugar almonds (frangipane). Dosage adds a rich, creamy texture with great length but without being heavy. The freshness of the wine supports this length bringing a well-balanced and highly persistent wine.

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Aston Martin

The partnerships that endure are those with shared values. Aston Martin and Louis Roederer share not only exclusivity but the ethos that the best creations are those that take time and care to bring to life.

Attention to detail, refinement and a heritage that echoes throughout history link two brands that are sure to share, not only a special relationship, but their future.

With a century of history, Aston Martin has developed into an automotive icon, a marque synonymous with luxury, heritage and authentic craftsmanship. Alongside these core values comes passion, passion about the cars we produce and a passion shared by our enthusiastic owners. All of our models are, and will continue to be hand-built and bespoke, using high technology processes within a very modern environment.

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Jaeger-leCoultre

Champagne Louis Roederer is delighted to be the champagne partner with Jaeger-leCoultre; a brand with origins dating back to 1559. Both brands share a passion for precision and artistry – integral to both.

It was an invention that led to the first Jaeger-LeCoultre workshop. Since 1833, the Manufacture has not only fostered this heritage of invention, creativity and technical skill together under one roof but also constantly set out in search of innovation.

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