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. 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.   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 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 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.

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 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 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut 2012

AOC Champagne

60% Pinot Noir
40% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Golden yellow in colour with glistening gold tints. Incredibly dynamic effervescence, so lively you can almost hear it!

Rich and complex aromas with notes of zesty and candied fruit (lemon) mingled with pollen (white flowers), roasted hazelnut and Madagascar vanilla. After aeration, the bouquet develops rich notes of fresh pastries and smoky notes from bottle ageing.

A delicious, concentrated and chalky palate. It shows incredible tension and perfectly honed aromatic precision. The attack is powerful, distinctive and concentrated and reveals a silky, mouth-coating texture, characteristic of the ripe Pinot noirs from the 2012 vintage.

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Cristal Rosé 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Cristal Rosé 2012

AOC Champagne

Pinot Noir: 56%
Chardonnay: 44%

Tasting note

Salmon pink hue with golden tints. Consistent and incredibly delicate effervescence.

The bouquet is poised and remarkably elegant. Its subtle, fleeting aromas are so delicately scented, intertwined and complex that they are difficult to describe. They invite you to take your time and lose yourself in this wine, which reveals itself at its own pace, like the master of time it is! The nose exudes delicate, zesty, fresh and precise notes of citrus peel, yuzu, forest fruit, mandarin, raspberry and wild strawberry which evolve towards roasted notes and almonds before giving way to fresh, herbal aromas of verbena and bergamot.

It reveals a lively palate invigorated by an incredibly elegant effervescence and beautifully light bubbles that soften the fruity structure and texture. The overwhelming sensation is one of serenity, the elegance of fresh fruit and the power of the zesty, chalky freshness. The finish is wonderfully long and enticing.

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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 Rose 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Nature Rose 2012

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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Brut Nature 2012 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Brut Nature 2012

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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Rosé Vintage 2013 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Rosé Vintage 2013

Champagne, France

67% Pinot Noir
33% Chardonnay

Tasting note

This 2013 Rosé was produced in a cool vintage.  It reveals the juiciness of Pinot Noirs from the early ripening south-facing clay-limestone Cumières terroir, refined and lengthened by the freshness of the north-facing Chouilly Chardonnays.  There is a complex bouquet dominated by an almost minty freshness combined with zesty fruit, wild strawberry and raspberry.  The nose opens out to reveal spicy and smoky notes, characteristic of the Pinot Noirs grown in Cumières, along with the aromas of dried fruit, roasted almonds and cocoa beans.  There are underlying saline notes, reminiscent of sea spray.

On the palate the wine is soft and smooth yet also piercingly fresh.  A well-integrated wine with excellent body, pleasant freshness, long length and delicate mouthfeel.  the body softens gradually and coats the palate with a velvety smoothness underpinned by a pleasant salinity and delicate hints of tannin from the flesh and skins of the Pinot Noir grape.  The finish is fresh, long and very persistent.

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Rosé Vintage 2014 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Rosé Vintage 2014

Champagne, France

63% Pinot Noir
37% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Pink hue with attractive golden tints.

Beautiful beads of soft, even bubbles.

Intense, fresh and fruity bouquet, reminiscent of a tangy red fruit tart (wild strawberry, blueberry), slightly sweet yet underpinned by more concentrated, jammy and citrus notes. The aromatic complexity comes through after a few swirls in the glass giving us a medley of spice, warm cinnamon and peppers.
Fleshy attack dominated by ripe, crunchy, plump red fruit that brings depth and creaminess. The fruity structure is gradually elongated by a chalky, mineral
freshness that creates a lingering sensation of lightness and harmony on the finish.

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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 2011 — Champagne Louis Roederer

Blanc de Blancs 2011

AOC Champagne

100% Chardonnay

Tasting note

The nose is discreet and delicate, the most prominent notes being of orchard fruits such as apple and pear. After aeration, the apple aromas take on more caramelised scents of baked apple, tarte tatin and finely roasted hazelnut. The Chardonnay then develops a limestone character with mineral notes of hot stone, delicate spice, candied lemon, citrus, graphite, and even a hint of tobacco.  The wine is velvety on entry to the palate, with a soft, smooth texture which dominates the palate, coating it with a delicate yet concentrated mouthfeel. It then broadens to reveal a zesty yet mineral freshness. The wine continues to take shape on the palate showing density at first, followed by a raw almond freshness that lengthens the finish. The undeniably saline end-palate is underpinned by an interminable chalky freshness that makes your mouth water, refreshes the palate, and invites you to take another sip!

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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 carries on its American Journey in Napa Valley

Louis Roederer carries on its American Journey in Napa Valley

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Louis Roederer crowned World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand 2020

Louis Roederer crowned World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand 2020

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Maisons Marques et Domaines holds its Annual Portfolio Tasting

Maisons Marques et Domaines holds its Annual Portfolio Tasting

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Louis Roederer et Philippe Starck Brut Nature London Launch

Louis Roederer et Philippe Starck Brut Nature London Launch

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Winners Announced!

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Winners Announced!

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Champagne Louis Roederer sponsors the Franco British Lawyer’s Society prestigious Annual Award

Champagne Louis Roederer sponsors the Franco British Lawyer’s Society prestigious Annual Award

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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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