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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 Brut 2007 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut 2007

AOC Champagne

58% Pinot Noir
42% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Golden hued with slightly orange-coloured and warm highlight, it has impeccable, fine, regular, and dynamic bubbles.  Its classic bouquet is both elegant and discreet. The attack of juicy ripe fruits (Pear Williams) and slightly acid red fruits (redcurrants) combined with nuances of hot pastries and Tarte Tatin that have just been taken out of the oven. The wine is ready to reveal its many qualities and, after a few minutes in the glass, reveals notes of white chocolate and hazelnuts produced by the fermentation in wood of some of the wines from the 2007 harvest. This juxtaposition of aromas of ripe, acid, and sweet fruits with the more roasted notes resulting from ageing becomes more pronounced over time and produces a real impression of depth.  The attack in the mouth is concentrated and continues with mature fruits. The wine is prolonged by smoky flavours, once again creating the impression of natural depth. The textures are silky, velvety, and almost luscious; they provide perfect overtones to the wine’s freshness in a luscious and sensual ensemble. Powdery and salty nuances stimulate the edges of the tongue, adding a precise and energetic quality. And the final phase of the tasting is predominantly an impression of refinement and lightness.

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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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Cristal Rosé 2007 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Rosé 2007

AOC Champagne

56% Pinot Noir
44% Chardonnay

Tasting note

A light pink with a regular and persistent stream of extremely delicate and dynamic bubbles. A fresh bouquet with intensity and refinement, and an initial impression of ‘saltiness’: a blend of petals and dried flowers delicately spiced (white pepper) and blood orange zest. There is a sensation of the fullness and vivacity of a fine end to the summer, profiting from the warmth of the last rays of sunshine, giving concentration and energy. The lightly toasted almond notes add to the sweetness. There is an intense and concentrated blend of fruit on the palate, and the attack is high in energy. The tannins delineate the precise and pure contours of the wine’s solid structure. The persistent freshness, enhanced by the right dosage, provides a long finish and reveals almost Bourguignon grainy tannins.

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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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Brut Nature 2006 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Nature 2006

AOC Champagne

Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Pinot Meunier

Tasting note

Golden colour and scent of golden fruits and smoky, yeasty notes.  Although dry, has a creamy textured palate with great depth of flavours – ripe fruits, slightly toasted hazel nuts, hint of spice and finally a lovely mineral and citrus freshness lifting the finish.

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Rosé Vintage 2011 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Rosé Vintage 2011

AOC Champagne

63% Pinot Noir
37% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Light, golden pink in colour with fine, delicate bubbles and aromas of red fruits, cocoa and dried flowers. On the palate there is an immediate concentration of flowers and blood orange, bringing a sensation of luxurious richness as well as tangy freshness.

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Rosé Vintage 2010 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Rosé Vintage 2010

AOC Champagne

62% Pinot Noir
38% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Delicate pink colour with slight blue hints & lively stream of fine bubbles. The pure, precise bouquet mingles sweet honeysuckle and lily with bright red fruit and mandarin zest, combined with typical Louis Roederer smokiness and ripeness. Precision and purity are echoed on the palate with a crunchy, mature attack of Pinot Noir, accompanied by freshness from the Chardonnay. After aeration, flavours of ripe, juicy fruit blend in a texture that is both smooth and fresh. Finesse and elegance with a long finish.

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Brut Vintage 2009 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Vintage 2009

AOC Champagne

70% Pinot Noir
30% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Champagne gold in colour with energetic and dazzling effervescence. A complex and delicate bouquet with aromas of red and orchard fruits, a nutty smokiness and a hint of sun-warmed pebbles.

The immediate impression is velvety, creamy and elegant on the palate with a mineral freshness and vertical structure very typical of Pinot Noirs from Verzenay. A deep, robust and complex juice whose sun-drenched richness is counterbalanced by the salty freshness of the terroir.

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Brut Vintage 2008 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Vintage 2008

AOC Champagne

70% Pinot Noir
30% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Golden colour with sparkling tints that are illuminated as the bubbles rise. It has a bouquet that is particularly characteristic of the great Pinot Noir grapes from Verzenay/Verzy; it contains ripe fruits: white fruit (Pear Williams) and vineyard peach combined with more acid citrus zest notes. There are also notes of dried fruit prolonged by toasted notes, resulting from ageing in French oak tuns and autolysis. A dense, round, and voluptuous mouth, which is characteristic of Louis Roederer’s calcareous clay Vintage estate. The fruity notes are juicy and full-bodied, and become red (fig) and even floral with hints of rose. This is followed by acid flavours of citrus, spices, fresh wood, and black chocolate. The wine’s appeal is its lively and invigorating taste: it is structured and has a wonderful purity. The density and the fruitiness of the wine complements—in the fullest sense of the word—the freshness, elegance, and length. The 2008 Vintage is an intense and lively wine of the highest quality, embodying the fruitiness and power of this great vintage.

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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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Blanc de Blancs 2009 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Blanc de Blancs 2009

AOC Champagne

100% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Flavours of citrus peel, white and yellow fruits (pear, peach) cocoa bean and finely ground hazelnuts. Sweet density and maturity are dominant, combined with slightly tart nuances, followed by toast and brioche variations. The finish is long and fresh.

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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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Louis Roederer claims multiple victories at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships

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LRIWWA 2017 Shortlist announced

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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.

www.astonmartin.com/en

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.

www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/