Champagne Louis Roederer

Hand in hand with nature

Champagne Louis Roederer was established in 1776 and remains under the ownership of the Rouzaud family to this day. The current CEO is Frédéric Rouzaud, 7th generation of the Roederer family, while Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon was appointed in 1999 following a decade working in the cellar under Frédéric’s father, Jean-Claude Rouzaud.  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, a rare situation in Champagne.

Since 2000, the house has been conducting trials with organic and biodynamic viticulture. Today all the vineyards are farmed according to organic principles, with 50% of them certified organic and 50% of the them farmed biodynamically.  The remainder of the vineyards will complete their organic certification over the next two years. This makes Roederer the largest farmers of organics and biodynamics in the Champagne region.  The beating heart of Roederer is respect for nature, and thus sustainability, organic and biodynamic farming combined with the recognition of, research into and adaptation to climate change unequivocally improves the quality of the grapes and thus the champagne. In the words of Frédéric Rouzaud ‘We are not artists. At Maison Louis Roederer, the great artist is Nature and each year we are the interpreters of what she wants to give us.  Our job is to take part in this choreography between Man and Nature in order to reveal the great Champagne terrorist’.

A selection of wines from each vintage are 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% Meunier. The champagne is made in a style that is elegant and refreshing yet with an impressive depth of flavour.

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

It is only in the best years that Champagne Louis Roederer makes its vintage expressions. The Brut Vintage is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir (from the Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Verzy) and 30% Chardonnay from Chouilly, 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 Pinot Noir undergoes a cold maceration that can last five to eight days extracting all the flavour but no tannin and only a little colour.  It is then co-fermented with the Chardonnay must. The Rosé Vintage is a beautiful expression of the Vallée de la Marne where the Pinot Noir from an amphitheatre like vineyard in Cumières benefits from the additional warmth of the light reflected off the Marne river, giving the wine fuller, fruitier flavours.  This is blended with 40% Chardonnay from our coolest vineyards in Chouilly.

From the best Grand Cru vineyards in Avize 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) which produces smaller bubbles and gives a delicious creamy richness to the champagne which perfectly balances its chalky minerality and vibrant acidity.

The ultimate Cuvée de Prestige, Champagne Louis Roederer’s Cristal was first created at the request of Tsar Alexander II of Russia in 1876, a renowned lover of exquisite craftsmanship, he approached Louis Roederer to make him an exclusive cuvee from their very finest grapes.  The iconic bottle design with a flat base and made from clear crystal was designed at his behest to allay his fears of bombs and poison. The distinctive wrapper is there to protect the wine from ultraviolet light and should not be removed until consumption. Cristal is produced in the very finest vintages as a true expression of champagnes unique chalky soils. The blend is usually 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from only the best rated Grand Cru sites of Champagne Louis Roederer’s vineyards. Cristal is released after a minimum six years ageing in the Reims cellars and is the benchmark for luxury champagnes with its intensity, purity and complexity as well as its fantastic ability to develop in the bottle. From the 2012 vintage Cristal has joined Cristal Rosé in its certification as biodynamically farmed.

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 champagne, using grapes from a single biodynamic Premier Cru village grown as a traditional field blend of the three noble varieties in Cumières in the Vallée de la Marne, giving the wine a unique sense of terroir.  The wines are co-harvested and co-fermented.  In 2019, the Brut Nature Rosé 2012 was launched along side its white counterpart.  It is also from the same biodynamic vineyard with some Pinot Noir harvested separately for the cold maceration of the saignée method rosé.

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Brut Vintage 2014 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Vintage 2014

AOC Champagne

Pinot Noir
Chardonnay

Tasting note

Soft, almost sweet, intense and deep bouquet of slightly tart yellow peach and red currant fruits.  Hints of spice, cocoa beans and smoke add to this generous, complex and gastronomic bouquet

Broad, fruity and dense on the palate.  The concentrated, ripe red fruit is transformed into nectar… a sensation of sweet concentration which turns to velvet thanks to the silky smooth, almost sensual bubbles.

The is followed by the energy of the limestone freshness and the delicate, smoky notes, typical of the Verzy millstone grit.  The wine lingers on the palate, it is gentle and luminescent.

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Cristal 2014 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal 2014

AOC Champagne

Pinot Noir
Chardonnay

Tasting note

Intense, bright and luminous golden hue.

Dynamic effervescence with a continuous stream of fine bubbles.

Intense, fragrant bouquet of great purity.  Concentrated and candied citrus fruit mingle delicately with notes of grain and lightly roasted almonds.  The lovely sensation of big ripe fruit is balanced and lifted by energetic fresh tangy overtones.

Fruity palate with a silky texture, complemented by soft bubbles that are perfectly integrated and deliciously elegant.  The purity and perfection of the ripe yellow fruit melt into the intense chalky freshness, typical of Cristal, that is both powdery and saline.

Dense, juicy, concentrated and long on the mid-palate, thanks to the spicy and sappy structure resulting from partial ageing in large oak vats (foudres)

The finish builds to a crescendo, revealing a rich grainy and velvety texture that is wrapped in a long, saline and superbly elegant finish.

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Collection 242 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Collection 242

AOC Champagne

42% Chardonnay
36% Pinot noir
22% Meunier

Tasting note

The Collection 242 blend is dominated by Chardonnay which was of exceptional quality in the 2017 vintage. The perfectly ripe Chardonnay grapes lend the wine its aromas of ripe, sweet fruit complemented by subtle oaky notes. The palate is rich and ripe with a luxurious texture that coats the palate, the signature of an outstanding Chardonnay. The Pinot noir and Meunier grapes from the Vallée de la Marne complete the wine’s broad, luscious, smooth and
juicy character. The finish is energetic and fresh.” – Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

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Cristal Rosé 2013 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Rosé 2013

AOC Champagne

Pinot Noir: 55%
Chardonnay: 45%

Tasting note

Light, delicate soft pink hue.

Bright, vibrant, ultra-fine bubbles.

Refined bouquet of freshly-picked tart red fruit (wild strawberry, raspberry) and lemon scented flower petals.  The pure, precise fragrances delicately intertwine and are gradually joined by overtones of fresh almonds, bread and spices (cocoa bean). These nuanced, intricately interwoven fragrances are ethereal and transcendent.

Intense, velvety and captivating on the palate. What else would you expect after such perfume?  The juicy, concentrated red fruit gradually pulls towards a raspberry liqueur character complemented by invigorating, sweet citrus aromas. The harmony and delicacy of the wine is reinforced by the creamy bubbles which create a sensation of roundness and concentration.   The mineral freshness lengthens the palate; it becomes vertical, chalky, saline and sapid with a sensation of perpetual acceleration created by the pure, bright limestone.

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Brut Nature 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Nature 2012

AOC Champagne

55% Pinot Noir
25% Pinot Meunier
20% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Golden yellow hue flecked with green.
Delicate, compact, gentle bubbles.
Intense aromas of juicy, ripe fruit such as vineyard peach and candied lemon combined with toasty notes and hazelnut. The ripeness of the fruit is revealed through the aromas of baked apples, tarte tatin, caramelized spices and a hint of fresh wood and benzoin. The attack is juicy and textural. The gentle, velvety smooth effervescence coats the palate before giving way to an intense, saline freshness. This delicious combination gives the wine a lovely intensity further enhanced by excellent freshness and a pleasant hint of bitterness. This intensity overrides the juicy, rounded body and gives way to a clean, direct and remarkably pure finish.

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Brut Nature Rose 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Nature Rose 2012

AOC Champagne

55% Pinot Noir
25% Pinot Meunier
20% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Orange hue with salmon pink tints.
Patient, even effervescence.
Spicy aromas of Sichuan pepper combined with sappy and floral notes of violet and gentian. Toast and mocha on the nose resulting in an elegant and concentrated bouquet. After aeration, intense fruity notes start to emerge along with concentrated notes of wild raspberries. The palate is fruity. The Pinot noir offers an intense fruitiness and a tight and juicy structure complemented by ripe, almost sweet tannins. The fruit and texture display remarkable depth and are starting to show a typical “Pinot” character.

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Rosé Vintage 2015 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Rosé Vintage 2015

AOC Champagne

62% Pinot Noir
38% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Salmon hue with bright red tints.

Fine and energetic bubbles

A ripe, complex and youthful bouquet of slightly tangy red fruit (redcurrants, blackcurrants), ripe citrus (blood orange) and roasted cocoa beans.  After some time in the glass, the wine reveals sappier, floral and sweet notes with a saline, almost briny core.

The first impression of the wine is of a generosity, softness and concentration.  One has the sensation of biting into juicy, ripe fruit and blood orange, it is a fabulous aromatic explosion with luscious and slightly tangy overtones.  The concentrated and dense body takes over and reinforces the impression of substance, of concentrated liqueur on the mid-palate.  The finish stretches out, perfectly-honed, gradually revealing umami notes thanks to the precise and crisp mineral freshness.

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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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Blanc de Blancs 2013 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Blanc de Blancs 2013

AOC Champagne

100% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Bright, intense yellow flecked with green.
Soft, even effervescence with long-lingering threads
of bubbles.
Enticing bouquet of pollen, delicately scented spring
flowers, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, lemon tree and
more concentrated, candied lemon. The nose evolves
towards toasty notes, sugared almonds, wheat and
cereals, characteristic of the finest Avize Chardonnays.
The round and fruity attack gives way to a mineral
freshness that is chalky yet also powdery and velvety.
There is a hint of cold, humid chalk and a slightly
drying sensation which enhances the delicate and
well-integrated minerality

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The Winner of the Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability is announced

The Winner of the Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability is announced

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The Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability shortlist is announced

The Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability shortlist is announced

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BAME wine professionals Announces the winner of the Louis Roederer BAME Educational Bursary

BAME wine professionals Announces the winner of the Louis Roederer BAME Educational Bursary

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Louis Roederer Presents Collection 242

Louis Roederer Presents Collection 242

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Cristal 2013 takes the critics by storm

Cristal 2013 takes the critics by storm

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Champagne Louis Roederer crowned Most Admired Champagne Brand in the World

Champagne Louis Roederer crowned Most Admired Champagne Brand in the World

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