70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
75cl * 12% ABV * Champagne, France
The company we now know as Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 as Dubois Pere & Fils, changing its name in 1833 when the young Louis inherited the estate from his uncle. The house is perhaps best-known for Cristal (bottled in clear crystal and a flat punt), their prestige cuvee that became famous due to its associations with the Russian Imperial Court. The grapes for the vintage range of Roederer Champagnes are sourced from their own vineyards, which guarantees that only the highest quality fruit ends up in the final blend, 90% of which is Grand and Premier Cru level.
2012 was one of the most challenging and complicated years ever experienced in Champagne. Yet difficult conditions often leads to great things… the low yields, due to the vagaries of weather, combined with continental conditions towards the end of the season, gave unusual levels of maturity, resulting in rich, full-bodied and structured wines worthy of the greatest vintages in Champagne.