Louis Roederer is very unique among the Grandes Marques of Champagne. Not only is it still family-owned and managed but it owns 240 hectares of vineyards in prime locations supplying 70% of its grape needs. Vintage wines are made completely from estate fruit. If this wasn’t amazing enough, 134 hectares of the domaine vineyards are now certified organic and virtually all are farmed so. 100 hectares are farmed biodynamically and the 2012 vintage of the flagship cuvée ‘Cristal’ was the first to be produced from 100% biodynamically grown fruit.
The house style tips slightly towards Pinot Noir, but in an extremely precise, controlled way. Cristal is usually a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Malolactic fermentation is blocked to retain acidity and freshness. Fruit grown on chalk soils are key to the Roederer style as these soils give wines with clarity, precision and minerality. To that effect, the house owns 80 hectares in top sites in the Côte de Blancs.
Winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon has 450 tanks at his disposal to allow for precise block-by-block vinification. This level of attention to detail is unique among the great houses and results in wines of tremendous precision, clarity and elegance.