When he inherited the Champagne House in 1833, the aesthete and entrepreneur Louis Roederer took a visionary approach to enriching his vines, aiming to master every stage of the wine’s creation. He forged the wine’s unique style, character, and taste. In the mid-nineteenth century, Louis Roederer acquired some of Champagne’s grand cru vineyards—an approach that contrasted sharply with contemporary practices.
In 1845, Louis Roederer acquired 15 hectares in the Grand Cru vineyards of Verzenay. The idea—which was quite unusual at a time when grapes had little value—was to become a wine grower in order to master the entire process of creating his vintage wines. Ever since, every Louis Roederer vintage originates exclusively from their own vines, which is rare indeed in the Champagne region. In 2013, Louis Roederer’s vineyards stretched across 240 hectares and include 410 parcels.
In the 1870s, the Louis Roederer Champagne House began to export its wines to the United States, and even to Tsar Alexander II of Russia. A man of great taste and an inveterate researcher, Louis Roederer II fashioned an exclusive champagne for the Tsar and launched a novel concept: the very first Cuvée de Prestige. It was created in 1876 and named ‘Cristal’. Ever since, the subtleness and elegance of Cristal have forged Louis Roederer’s reputation for excellence.
The Louis Roederer House has remained an independent, family-owned company and is now managed by the seventh generation of the lineage, Frédéric Rouzaud. With the same patience and unshakeable faith in its creative vocation, the House of Louis Roederer’s annual exports total three million bottles around the world.
Louis Roederer Wines Include:
- Brut Premier
- Carte Blanche
- Rose Vintage (tasting notes)
- Blanc de Blancs Vintage
- Cristal Rose
- Medallion Bottle
- Brut Nature 2006
To find out more about the Louis Roederer House, you can visit their website.