Updated on 04 October 2021

As well as being pioneers in the region for their sustainable and organic approach to viticulture and their research into the effects of climate change on farming, Champagne Louis Roederer have long been revered for the exceptional quality of their wines. So it is with some excitement that the industry greets a new wine from this 7th generation family-owned house that is also one of the smallest of the Grande Marques houses.

The house has launched a new champagne which is shaking up the multi-vintage category. Collection 242, so called as it is the 242th blend since the inception of the house, replaces the well-loved Brut Premier NV and is raising the bar for quality across the category.  The idea of multi-vintage rather than non-vintage represents more than simple semantics, it encapsulates the philosophy to be free to create the very best wine each year rather than blending down to create a house style. Each Collection iteration will be unique, and yet unmistakeably Roederer in style.

Turning traditional concepts on its head this exciting new cuvée is intensely rich, with a nervy core of saline energy.  It is complex, elegant but above all incredibly moreish and is perfect as a refreshing aperitif, or equally good paired with food.

Try it by the glass for a limited time in a number of leading restaurants in London and the UK.

Dalla Terra

1. Dalla Terra

25 Slingsby Place, St Martin’s Courtyard, London, WC2E 9AB

Haruka Hisata, Wine Buyer: "242’s characteristically fresh notes chime with balanced acidity – all too easy to enjoy all night long! We’re proud to pour it as our house champagne and it’s fast become our customers’ aperitivo of choice with our antipasti, pairing perfectly with the 24-months aged organic Parmigiano Reggiano and 22-months aged Parma."

Classy enoteca in St Martin’s Courtyard that draws you in with its good looks and lip-smacking offer. ‘Cucina povera’ means the likes of carpaccio or a confit of slow-cooked pork.

£50 - £79
Wine Bars
The Berkeley Bar & Terrace

2. The Berkeley Bar & Terrace

The Berkeley, Westminster, London, SW1X 7RL

Marco Iaccarino, Head of Wine: “This new cuvée is a huge step up from an already great NV, Brut Premier. The mousse is very consistent but not aggressive on the palate, the nose is opulent and shows a great complexity and depth, with a lively citrus notes complemented by spice and bakery notes alongside austere minerality. The palate follows the ripe citrusy notes and yellow fruit character, showing power and freshness which give the wine an outstanding energy and focused finish. I will pair with Asian inspired food such as Vietnamese-style caramel pork. Watch the great energetic finish wash out the hot and sticky notes. Otherwise pair it with some creamy cheese.”

At The Berkeley Beach Huts they are currently serving a lovely grilled sea trout, orange & fennel salad: great company for a glass of collection 242.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Imperial Treasure

3. Imperial Treasure

9-10 Waterloo Place, St James's, London, SW1Y 4BE

Imre Somogyi, Head Sommelier: “I love Collection 242. It’s very well-made, which is a great achievement because 2017 [one of the base wines] was a really difficult year in Champagne. It’s an ideal fit for Imperial Treasure's house champagne. And I love the fact it is a blend with more chardonnay, which brings great freshness to the bottle, alongside really nice ripe fruits, balanced with little silky, oaky notes on the back palate. The Champagne has a lovely fresh finish and is a perfect pairing with our steamed trio dim sum platter.”

One of London’s top Chinese restaurants in a prime St James’s location.

Over £80
Dim Sum
Blue Jasmine

4. Blue Jasmine

Unit 3-4 Alexandra Wharf, Maritime Walk, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3QS

Alessandro Cassano, Head Sommelier: “Fine bubbles, complex and round, this 242 Collection is also smooth, structured and an elegant mature wine that is so typical of Louis Roederer Champagnes. The fresh fruits and hawthorn on the nose, together with the smooth palate of apple, pear and red fruits make it a perfect pairing with our golden crispy squid in an oatmeal and jasmine tea butter coating.”

One of the stand-out restaurants in Southampton, Blue Jasmine is a new metro-chic offering that appeals for its great food, swish setting and savvy staff. Already a welcome fixture.

£30 - £49
China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel

5. China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel

53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

The Dorchester’s gilded basement evokes louche 1930s Shanghai – all lacquered woodwork, carved screens and white uniformed waiters gliding effortlessly about. Superior dim sum takes centre stage alongside the likes of crispy roast duck and blackbean sauce. Wash it all down with fashion-forward cocktails or first-class fizz for a great criss-crossing of luxury, ceremony and decadence. Try Collection 242 by the glass.

Over £80
Dim Sum
TING Restaurant & Lounge

6. TING Restaurant & Lounge

Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9QU

It’s not just the dazzling cityscape views that capture the attention at the Shard’s, subtly decorated restaurant on Level 35, it will be the Euro-accented food, often peppered with bright Asian flavours is pretty arresting too. Teriyaki halibut is a meaty delight rivalled by delicate rib-eye steak with truffle jus, and puddings that are equally arresting. Off-the-wall wine pairings from the charismatic sommelier make a big impression, too. Try this new fizz by the glass.

£50 - £79
Pan Asian
Afternoon tea
Novikov - Asian Restaurant

7. Novikov - Asian Restaurant

50 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8HA

Arkady Novikov’s triple-handed Mayfair outpost is a magnet for celebrities and big-money locals, be it in the Asian or Italian restaurants, or even the ritzy bar. The menu at the pan-Asian option, with its open kitchen and inviting market displays, fizzes with flavour along the lines of prawn tempura, sashimi salads, langoustine tartare or various dim sum delights. Friendly staff get praised for their service and the wine list is packed with further temptation. See-and-be-seen ambience cranks up a notch or three as the weekend nears. Collection 242 makes a superb pairing with these flavours.

Over £80
The Game Bird at The Stafford London

8. The Game Bird at The Stafford London

16-18 St James’s Place , St. James's, London, SW1A 1NJ

The Game Bird may have the feel of a hotel lounge – admittedly a touchy-feely one with its turquoise velvet, floral fabrics and cherry-red leather – but the trad British food delivers by the spade load and turns the heads of not just the regular Mayfair crowd. Think oak-smoked salmon carved from a trolley, steak pudding with a suet crust and chicken Kiev that’s a decadent and distant cry from the 70s version. Splendid wine list and a cracking Sunday roast are also worth noting.

£50 - £79
Afternoon tea
The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen

9. The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen

32 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8NA

A relative babe in Covent Garden, The Oystermen has been plying their seafood trade since 2017 but, despite growing since, it’s still the brick-walled bistro charm that seduces regulars. Bivalves au naturel or cooked in tempura batter is the order of the day – with or without a glass of Collection 242 – but there’s also gnocchi with crab meat ragu and smoked salmon draped with crème fraiche and caviar as well as first-rate cod’s roe and deliciously salty anchovies. Euro-leaning, white-leading wine list majors in fizz – a perfect foil for the food. Warm and welcoming staff are further pluses.

£30 - £49
Plume by Grays & Feather

10. Plume by Grays & Feather

26 Wellington Street, London, London, WC2E 7DD

Champagne may not be the main offering at this louche, whimsical wine bar – though you will bump into Henri Giraud and Louis Roederer – but it will certainly get you thinking. The wine list is peppered with interest and points you in all directions within a sparkling framework. A short menu of cold but inviting dishes touts the likes of smoked salmon, cheese and vegetarian sharing boards. A fun place frequented by a confident, creative crowd.

Brunello Bar and Restaurant

11. Brunello Bar and Restaurant

60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London, SW7 5BB

The Baglioni hotel is nothing if not swish and beautiful and the same can be said for its equally well-appointed restaurant, Brunello, where both bar and dining room are deeply plush and luxurious. A la carte classics include a saffron-infused risotto alongside fresh tuna served with shredded carrot and ricotta. There are healthy options, too, and if you can resist the heavy-weight wine list, you’ll find plenty of proper Italian Spritzes. A glam and classy package for special occasions.

£30 - £49
Afternoon tea
Seasons Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

12. Seasons Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Fleet, Hampshire, RG27 8TD

Boasting the self-confident swagger of an Ivy League country club, this red-brick Georgian mansion is a handsome mix of swanky contemporary design and carefully preserved period detail. No wonder it’s a well-loved weekend retreat for ritzy urbanites and stressed out families in need of TLC. The restaurant plays an important part with ambitious Euro-accented cooking along the lines of pan-seared foie gras with parsnip mousseline and wild brill with a marinière reduction. Sunday lunch is buffet-style and simpler food can be snaffled in the Bistro. Spoil yourself with a glass of Collection 242.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

13. Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3ET

Louis Roederer Collection 242 served by the glass.  Sumptuous, opulent and achingly expensive conversion of a privately owned estate, this grand 17th-century pile offers everything you’d expect from an upscale country house hotel, and more. But it’s the partnership with top toque Shaun Rankin that demonstrates its seriousness as a gastro-destination. In a plush and warmly inviting room – think rich drapes, curvaceous scalloped chairs and an air of hushed serenity – a parade of exquisite dishes and expertly paired wines (including Collection 242) will make this a night to remember. Plaid-uniformed staff are faultlessly charming.

Over £80
Little French

14. Little French

2B North View, Bishopston, Bristol, BS6 7QB

Quaint but classy neighbourhood gem in the heart of Westbury Park village, run by chef-patron Freddie Bird, that mixes trad French Bistro with contemporary bohemian Bristol. Think exposed brickwork, banquette seating and industrial lighting, together with hand-thrown crockery and ceramics. Gallic classics offer sophisticated comfort rather than cross-Channel cliché along the lines of fillet steak tartare, duck breast served rosemary potatoes and mousse au chocolat, as well as eggs benedict and beautifully baked sourdough with jams sourced from France for weekend brunch. Friendly service and wines at sensible prices are further reasons for its great popularity.

£30 - £49
SquareMeal UK Top 100

Louis Roederer Collection 242 is a blend that starts with what they call their 'perpetual reserve' (a blend of recent vintages that makes up 34% of the wine) and then the wine makers amplify this blend with 10% oak-aged reserve wines. Finally they blend wines made from the finest plots of the current vintage. The result is a wine of great substance and complexity, aided by reserve wines that have been stored in oak where the wines gain sweetness, roundness and substance.