Founded in 1776 in Reims, the Louis Roederer House is one of the last great Champagne houses to have remained family-run and independent.
In 1833, the House’s heir – Louis Roederer – established himself as a visionary of his time. Louis Roederer would thus come to develop his vineyard by selecting the greatest vintages from Champagne instead of making do with supply contracts for buying grapes. Since 1870, the Louis Roederer House has been an outstanding success. From the United States to Russia, Louis Roederer cuvées are served at the finest tables around the world.
After more than 241 years of existence, the Louis Roederer House has remained in the hands of the same family. Today, the Louis Roederer House is headed by Frédéric Rouzaud, who represents its seventh generation.
With nearly 241 hectares of vines, the Louis Roederer House derives its strength from its extraordinary vineyard, which is exclusively made up of Grand and Premier Crus in the Marne Valley, the Reims Mountain and Côte des Blancs. The Louis Roederer House is a true mosaic of terroirs, with a vineyard divided in 410 plots which reflect the diversity of soils in Champagne.
2021 is a significant year for the Louis Roederer House. Voted the world’s most admired Champagne brand by the famous Drinks International magazine, the House also received the Robert Parker Green Emblem in July 2021. Louis Roederer is thus one of the first 24 international winegrowing estates to be awarded this distinction, which recognises the house’s commitment to sustainable viticulture and its long-term protection of the environment and biodiversity.
The 2014 Cristal is a terrific effort that transcends the vintage. Bursting from the glass with expressive aromas of ripe citrus fruit, nectarine, white flowers, freshly baked bread and subtle hints of honeycomb, it’s medium to full-bodied, vinous and fleshy, with an exuberant core of fruit that’s girdled by racy acids, resulting in a wine that’s simultaneously chiseled and demonstrative, meaning that early appeal doesn’t come at the expense of the requisite tension for long-term cellaring. Concluding with a long, aromatic and intensely chalky finish, it is a brilliant Champagne that will offer a broad drinking window. This bottle was disgorged in June 2021 with seven grams per liter dosage. [96 points – William Kelley – Feb 2022 – robertparker.com]