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Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the most celebrated houses in Champagne, with wines renowned for their elegance, finesse and complexity. Its top wine, Cristal, is the most sought-after prestige cuvée in the appellation. The quality is partly down to Roederer’s highly rated 200-hectare vineyard estate, which supplies around two-thirds of its grape needs.
The company's non-vintage style, Louis Roederer Brut Premier, is an elegant, complex style with great finesse and structure, underpinned by the use of reserve wines from six different harvests, which are matured in oak casks for three to five years. It's made from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, plus 8-12% reserve wine, and aged for a minimum of three-and-a-half years before release.
Current vintages available include Brut Vintage 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996 and 1995.
Other cuvées include Brut Vintage; Brut Rosé Vintage; Blanc de Blancs Vintage (2004); Cristal (2004 and 2002) (white and rosé); Carte Blanche (demi-sec).
Insider tip: Blanc de Blancs Vintage (2004) boasts much of the complexity and ageing potential of Cristal at a fraction of the price.
Go to Louis Roederer's official website for more information.