CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER

CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER

CHAMPAGNE
Owner:
Rouzaud Family
Manager:
Frédéric Rouzaud, Jean-Claude Rouzaud
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The Roederer Champagne house draws on a large and well-situated vineyard, with a large proportion of grand cru-classified vines, to produce an excellent range of Champagnes with remarkable regularity. It is the last great Champagne house to remain entirely in family ownership. Its emblematic "special cuvée" - Cristal - began as the Champagne of Alexander II, the tsar who abolished serfdom.
CHAMPAGNE LOUIS ROEDERER

The Roederer Champagne house was founded by Louis Roederer in 1776, whose obsession was to grow his own grapes and who patiently built up a magnificent estate which 220 years later stretches over more than 200 hectares.
For many years Jean-Claude Rouzaud was in charge of Roederer’s development. Initially Technical Manager, then Production Manager, he was named Managing Director in 1979, and his appointment ushered in the period of development which characterized his quarter-century at the helm of this prestigious firm. His son Frédéric Rouzaud, who succeeded him in January 2006, intends to pursue this development programme, both in Champagne and in other wine regions, as is born out by the recent acquisition by Roederer of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, in Pauillac.

Roederer owns 214 hectares of vines judiciously spread over the slopes of the Montagne de Reims (60 ha), the Vallée de la Marne (55 ha) and the Côte des Blancs (75 ha), with a purity index of 98% on the vineyard classification scale. These vines provide two thirds of the fruit the firm needs. To produce consistent quality year after year and ensure continuity of the house style, Roederer holds a large stock of reserve wines (800 000 litres, or half a year’s production) from the finest vintages, which enable it to produce excellent Champagnes year after year. Since the year 2000, Louis Roederer has been trying out biodynamic viticulture (organic, with planetary movements taken into account) on 12 hectares of its vineyards… It is the first major Champagne firm to do so.

"I cannot be elegant since you have noticed me", said Georges ‘Beau’ Brummel, when congratulated on his elegance at the Epsom Derby… A phrase which encapsulates Louis Roederer’s thinking on what makes great Champagne.