Louis Roederer is one of the few great Champagne houses still in family ownership. With 240ha of vines in Grand cru and 1er sites cru along the Vallee de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs, they produce 75% of their own fruit, a key quality control in champagne. They own 240ha of vines in Grand and premier sites cru along the Vallee de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs. No less than 600 pickers are required every year complete the harvest by hand. Harvest takes place when the grape is at optimum ripeness, which isn’t easy in the Champagne climate. Grapes have to be transferred in a short amount of time to avoid oxidation so the estate owns several presses in the area, with grapes reaching the press house in just 20 minutes.
Louis Roederer have two wineries on site, one for vintage and one for non vintage. Their wines are mainly fermented in stainless steel but they do use oak vats for grapes sourced in Verzenay in the Montagne de Reims. The climate being cooler, the oak vats help the micro oxygenation of the wine and soften the texture.
Following the 5 weeks of riddling to bring the sediments at the bottle neck, the disgorgement can take place. This is a necessary operation that freezes the sediment in order to remove it and makes the wine very fragile. Roederer always age their Champagne for an extra 6 months before release.
Fine bubbles and a nose of fresh fruit. Red berries, toast and almonds on the palate. Delicious, smooth and mature.
Perfect as an aperitif.
Blend: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Style: Sparkling wine
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable for Vegans: No