Champagne Louis Roederer / Cristal is distributed in exclusivity by Wine Gallery in Thailand
Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the last great independent and family-run houses.
As a visionary winegrower, Louis Roederer acquired vineyards. He had 100 hectares in 1850.
They were patiently extended to include the finest terroirs in the Champagne region, in the Grands and Premiers Crus.
It now comprises more than 240 hectares (65% Pinot noir, 35% Chardonnay). This treasure provides 2/3 of the House’s grape requirements, and 100% of all the requirements for the vintages.
75 hectares are cultivated according to biodynamic principles. Louis Roederer is the largest biodynamic estate in the Champagne region. To increase the concentration of its grapes, the yields are limited and 30% lower than those in the Champagne region.
Louis Roederer is doing minimal malolactic fermentation to maintain the fruit’s freshness (zero for the vintages, and partial for Brut Collection). The 410 plots are vinified separately, 25% in oak tuns (for vinosity and complexity) and 75% in stainless steel tanks (for fruitiness and tension).
3,5 million bottles of Louis Roederer champagne are shipped each year.
75% are exported to more than 100 countries.
Photos courtesy of Maison Louis Roederer
Created in 1986, Brut Premier has been replaced in 2020 by Brut Collection
The Louis Roederer Brut Collection is based on a selection of plots located in the heart of the Champagne region that are suited to its identity and where the emphasis is on sustainable growing practices.
The Brut Collection is numbered as a series. By adding the collection number to the founding date of the house, 1776, you get the year that it was bottled. If you subtract one from that number, you get the base vintage.
For example, for its first release, Collection 242 has been bottled in 2018 and the base vintage to produce this champagne is 2017.
The Brut Collection is a multi-vintage blend that uses both reserve wines and a high proportion of a solera-style Perpetual Reserve which has been created in 2012 and is topped up after subsequent harvests.
The counter label delivers much information on the composition of the wine including the percentage of each grape variety.
With Brut Collection each year will be different, but the core will be the Perpetual Reserve and oak reserve wines.
Since early 2022 it is available in Thailand at Wine Gallery's cellars.
BLANC DE BLANCS VINTAGE
100% Chardonnay, the Blanc de Blancs Vintage cuvée is generally matured on lees for five years and left for a minimum of 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain perfect maturity.
This champagne is the personification of the free thinking that resulted from an encounter between Maison Louis Roederer and the creator Philippe Starck.
A blend of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, the Rosé Vintage cuvée is generally matured on lees for 4 years and left for a minimum of 6 months after disgorging to attain perfect maturity.
Produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (around 40%) and Pinot noir (around 60%) grapes have attained perfect maturity, Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after dégorgement.
Cristal was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to
reserve the House’s best cuvée for him every year.
He was particularly fond of the House’s wine. To distinguish this cuvée, this exceptional champagne came in a flat bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle.
The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous.
A blend of around 55% Pinot noir and 45% Chardonnay, comprising 20% of wine matured in oak tuns, Cristal Rosé is produced using the saignée (bleeding) process after cold maceration. The Cristal Rosé cuvée is aged, on average, for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars.