The turmoils of the start of the twentieth century - most notably the First World War, destroyed more than half of the Louis Roederer estate. This led Leon Olry Roederer to restore his vineyard and buy in grapes to guarantee continuity during periods of crisis. In doing so, he produced numerous vintage wines with a consistent taste whatever the year of harvesting. This is today called Brut Premier.
Winner of a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards!
Louis Roederer was born in 1809 and would later establish himself as a successful entrepreneur and patron of the arts. His relationship with the eponymous Champagne house began in 1833, after he was chosen to inherit the business, formerly known as Maison Dubois, by his uncle.
Roederer made it his goal to have every aspect of Champagne production under expert supervision, even deviating from the normal practice of buying grapes from growers to buy land in the region's best areas. The Roederer style and high quality saw business flourish worldwide; Louis Roederer's son, Louis Roederer II, matched his father in both passion and talent, and upon assuming management of the house, success continued.
In 1870, their most famous customer, Tsar Alexander II of Russia asked Louis Roederer II to reserve for him the best wines, exclusively for his personal consumption. This exquisite Champagne was held in flat-bottomed, lead-crystal bottles, crafted from specifications set by the Tsar himself in order to better view the colour, effervescence and any hazards which concern a non-democratic ruler of a nation. The wine, known as Cristal, lost its royal commission in 1917, but would not be available for public consumption until 1945.
62% Pinot Noir 8% Pinot Meunier 30% Chardonnay.
Invariably praised, non-vintage Champagne with a high proportion of reserve wines that had been stored in big oak barrels. Four years in the bottle before disgorging; only the first pressing is used. For several years, an appley, storable, and decently good non-vintage Champagne. Today, a Cristal-like Champagne with outstanding finesse. Richard Juhlin
This has an old vine touch on the nose, delicacy on the nose, even fine, pinot coming through through on the nose. It is fuller bodied, quite winey with good austerity and a tension here very long and masculine but elegant too. Sweetness coming through. Given 12 months cellarage it will blossom further. A very serious NV Champagne, and one wihich will work with food.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.