The story behind Louis Roederer champagne

Champagne Louis Roederer is undoubtedly in a very privileged situation when you own 214 ha. of Champagne's best vineyards and thus almost self-sufficient in grapes. The fields are roughly equally located in the 3 best regions of Champagne : Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs and cover 80-85% of Louis Roederer's total needs for grapes. 97% of the vineyards are classified as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, and the same distinguished distribution has the fields in Bouzy and Ambonnay, from where you buy the rest of the grapes you need.

Over the past several years, Louis Roederer has given more and more space to sustainability and organic/biodynamic cultivation. Louis Roederer has thus already obtained the DEMETER certificate (biodynamic cultivation) on the vineyards that produce grapes for the house's most prestigious brand, Cristal. From and including year 2021, a further 115 ha. fields obtain organic certification - Agriculture Biologique (AB), and the remaining vineyards will follow suit.

The vinification takes place in modern stainless steel tanks of 60-100 hl., which provides the best hygiene and complete control over all processes. A few floors below ground, you will find Louis Roederer's well-known "Vins de Réserve", which is a store of "old" wines stored in large used oak casks of 60 hl. The Réserve wines are included to varying degrees in the production of the non-vintage champagnes to ensure a continuous high quality and uniformity in these.

August 03, 2022 — Rasmus Hilstrøm Bach-Lauritsen