Named after one of the most remarkable figures in the history of the Louis Roederer Champagne House, these two wines (Coteaux Champenois appellation), Camille Charmont 2018 red and Camille Volibarts 2018 white, allow fine wine drinkers to discover another facet of the unique winemaking expertise of this family-owned Champagne House, today headed by Frédéric Rouzaud, Camille Olry-Roederer’s great-grandson.
This collection of single-vineyard wines is the result of a long process of observation and experimentation which reveals a different expression of the Champagne terroirs. It is thus in perfect keeping with the approach taken by Camille Olry-Roederer whose bold spirit left its mark on the Champagne House.
Camille took over the reins at Louis Roederer on the death of her husband, Léon Olry-Roederer, in 1932, and remained at the helm until 1975. Thanks to her bright personality, vital energy and exceptional tenacity, this smart lady was able to modernise the Champagne House and successfully steer it through all the important events of that era.
When she invited her most loyal customers to dine with her, this tremendously elegant lady liked to surprise them by serving the still wines from some of Louis Roederer’s finest vineyards of which she was particularly fond.
Frédéric Rouzaud wanted to pay homage to this great-grandmother whom he so admired. Camille is thus a new expression of the spirit of invention, creativity and freedom that has characterised Louis Roederer since its creation and which this remarkable woman embodied so brilliantly.
Behind the creation of Camille, we find the natural, virtuous viticulture that has been practised by the Champagne House for over 20 years, but here we see it taken in a new direction, daring to break with Champagne tradition through the absence of bubbles. It allows Louis Roederer to take what Nature has offered and render it even more beautiful. By working closely with the vines, using solar viticulture and bespoke vinification, Louis Roederer is revealing another facet of the Champagne terroirs.
Whether it is the red (a 100% Pinot Noir from a 43-ares plot in the Charmont lieu-dit in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ) or the white (a 55-ares plot of old historic Chardonnay vines in the Volibarts lieu-dit in Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger), these limited-edition cuvées are an exciting representation of the vitality and finesse of Louis Roederer’s wines, in a single-varietal and single-vineyard wine with an identity of its own