LOUIS ROEDERER PRESENTS COLLECTION 242
THE FIRST OPUS OF ITS NEW MULTI-VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE
WITH COLLECTION, THE LOUIS ROEDERER CHAMPAGNE HOUSE TAKES ITS QUALITY TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN A STYLE MARKED BY A SPIRIT OF FREEDOM
With the creation of Collection, Louis Roederer is writing a new chapter in the story of Brut Premier through its reinvention. This multi-vintage wine reveals the power of blending, expressed year after year, demonstrating the full extent of its genius. With Collection, Louis Roederer combines its longstanding pursuit of excellence with a new spirit of freedom to achieve its constant objective: to create the best possible champagne with each blend.
Collection is testimony to both the Louis Roederer founding vision, that of a winemaking approach founded on the long ageing required to craft remarkable wines, and the capacity for constant innovation and reinvention that has led it to continuously explore new territories.
Thus, this new wine is in line with the other Louis Roederer creations while expressing an evolution in structure, form and style that marks an important milestone in its history.
“Since 1776, Louis Roederer has continually opened up new avenues, innovating to take the expression of its terroir ever further. This quest is that of a family-owned and independent Champagne House that has always placed great value on freedom as it allows to create and revisit tradition in order to keep it alive and constantly moving forward. Today Collection, a new wine that is very much aligned with its times, is a perfect testament to the Champagne House’s mission to be the best possible interpreter of the great terroirs of Champagne,” said Louis Roederer CEO, Frédéric Rouzaud.
“The times we live in, climate change, the importance of practising a sustainable viticulture that respects the living environment are all factors that we wanted to take into account. These are what have given us the impetus to take the quality of our blends to the next level, allowing ourselves to take a bold and uninhibited approach,” Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master.
Each year, the single-minded quest for the best wine…
For Collection, Louis Roederer has taken the fine art of plot selection even further. From the heart of the Champagne terroir and with a focus on sustainable growing, it has selected the vineyard plots that are perfectly suited to the identity of the new wine and the most appropriate for the year’s specific blend.
Each bunch of grapes that goes into Collection is carefully selected both upstream – in the vineyards – and downstream, at the time of harvesting and pressing, in order to retain only excellence.
The creation of Collection is also influenced by the introduction of a “Perpetual Reserve”, which began with the 2012 vintage and has been enriched each year with wines from the latest harvest stored in large capacity oxygen-free stainless-steel vats. Over the years, this Perpetual Reserve will be further enriched with new wines from each new harvest to create a template of infinite complexity, freshness and energy.
In parallel, Roederer has greatly increased the proportion of oak-aged reserve wines contained in the blends. These wines from previous years and young plots on the Cristal estate, aged in large French oak vats (foudres), are a Louis Roederer hallmark. They provide a perfect point of balance with the freshness created by the Perpetual Reserve, giving the wine greater intensity and honing its salinity.
Collection thus acquires modernity and complexity and is graced with all the virtues of a very great champagne.
… in complete freedom
Each Collection blend therefore has its own identity which is gradually revealed over time.
Collection 242 is crafted from 34% Perpetual Reserve, 10% oak-aged reserve wines from the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages, complemented by 56% of the finest wines from the 2017 harvest: the Chardonnays in general and Pinots noirs and Meuniers from the Vallée de la Marne in particular.
The Collection number, which represents the number of blends since the foundation of the Louis Roederer Champagne House in 1776, will allow champagne lovers, like collectors, to choose their champagne according to their preferred degree of youth or maturity.
A new mobile app
To learn more about this philosophy or to obtain additional information about a specific champagne, Louis Roederer is launching a new app for smartphones that can be opened directly using the QR code located on the back label of each bottle.
And new packaging for the range
The arrival of Collection, another demonstration of the unique bond between Man and Nature so dear to Louis Roederer, was felt to be a particularly appropriate time to launch new packaging for the entire range.
The boxes, which are 100% recyclable and crafted from FSC-certified paper, highlight the Louis Roederer’s visuals, which are directly inspired by Nature and bear witness to the creative partnership that Louis Roederer has always enjoyed with Nature.
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About Louis Roederer
Founded in 1776 in Reims, Louis Roederer is an independent family-run champagne house headed by Frédéric Rouzaud. In addition to producing Louis Roederer and Cristal champagnes, Louis Roederer also owns Deutz champagne, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Grand cru classé de Pauillac), Château de Pez (Saint-Estèphe) and Maison Descaves in Bordeaux; Domaines Ott* in Provence, Delas Frères in the Rhône valley, Porto Ramos Pinto in Portugal and, in California, Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars, Domaine Anderson, Merry Edwards Winery and Diamond Creek Vineyards.
Committed to sustainable growing practices for over 20 years, the Louis Roederer Champagne House achieved a new milestone with the award, in March 2021, of the French “AB” organic agriculture certification for 115 hectares of its historic vineyards.
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