Brut Premier is golden in colour with very fine bubbles and a nose of fresh fruit. It combines the fruitiness and purity of a young wine with the weight and complex brioche flavours of a wine aged in the cellar for several years. The smooth palate of apple and pear from the Chardonnay mixes with the red berries (blackberries, raspberries, cherries) of Pinot Noir alongside the notes of toast and almonds from the extended ageing.
Practising Organic, Sustainable, Vegetarian
Louis Roederer has always ensured that at least two-thirds of the fruit is sourced from its own vineyards. Today, over 200 hectares are under vine, including 65 hectares in the Côte de Blancs (mostly Chardonnay), 60 hectares in the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir) and 75 hectares in the Vallée de Marne (again, Pinot Noir). The vineyards that they own have an average quality rating of 98%, which is unrivalled by any other Grande Marque Champagne house.
The blend is 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Meunier, including 10% of reserve wines from three former harvests, aged in oak casks for two to six years. This wine spent an average of four years ageing on its lees, plus another six months resting after disgorging. The final dosage was 11-12g/L.
Established in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the few remaining family owned Champagne houses, passing in January 2006 to Frédéric Rouzaud, the 6th generation of the family to run the company. Unlike many Grande Marque Champagnes, who buy fruit from growers, Roederer owns 200 hectares of vines, which account for over two-thirds of their production. By 1886, the house had achieved such a reputation for quality that the second Louis Roederer was asked by Tsar Alexander II to create Cristal for the exclusive use of the Russian Tsars, and in so doing created the first ever Cuvée de Prestige Champagne.