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Introducing Louis Roederer Collection 242

Our favourite 'grand marque' Champagne house is back, with their new 'multi-vintage' cuvee, Louis Roederer 'Brut Collection' 242, which we offer here in bond.

Roederer's leading non-vintage cuvée since the 1980s was their 'Brut Premier', which we were great fans of and we were surprised and a little sad last year to hear it was being replaced by 'Collection'.  However, having tasted Collection, we can completely see the intention and are very pleased to add it to our list.

Roederer's longstanding cellar-master Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon pointed out that Brut Premier was created to deal with the exigencies of vintage variation in champagne, balancing less ripe years with reserve wines.    

Brut Collection, by contrast, is a response to the warmer vintages of recent years which offer an abundance of ripeness but which need careful handling to preserve freshness and elegance.  To achieve this, Brut Collection is sourced predominantly from Roederer's own vineyards and from those of their closest partners, with soils on the best chalk soils, which they refer to as their 'coeur de terroirs'.

Brut Collection '242' is the first release of this new cuvée, 242 being the number of releases since Roederer was founded in 1776.  242 is based predominantly on the 2017 vintage (56%) with 34% of reserve wines and 10% foudre-aged wines.   We saw these reserves when we visited a few years ago, held in a number of large wooden foudre and stainless steel vats.

The result is a delight to taste (we re-tasted it just this morning).  It's surprisingly easy to discern why this is a 'multi-vintage' rather than a non-vintage and Galloni puts it well when he says that it tastes more like a wine from the Roederer stable, with more similarities to their vintage, blanc de blancs and Cristal than the old 'Brut Prem' ever managed.  We think you will find the same, but the best way is to taste it for yourself!

Please let us know if you would like to order.

£210 per case of six bottles in bond

Offered in bond, available for delivery in September

 
Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims

Producer Profile

Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims

Founded in 1776, Roederer became one of the great names of Champagne under Louis Roederer, who inherited the estate in 1833.  Part of his approach was to acquire vineyards in the grands and premiers crus classified villages, at a time when most houses bought in the majority of their grapes.  This is why today, Roederer, along with houses like Bollinger, have a relatively high proportion of their vineyards under their own ownership, with a consequent effect on the quality of the raw ingredients - the grapes. 

In the last decade, the house has renewed this focus, converting on a massive scale to organic and biodynamic viticulture, using minimal spraying and techniques like horse-drawn ploughing in between vine rows on their 240 hectare estate.  Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is one of the leading lights of modern champagne production.We have certainly noticed the impact on quality, from the Brut up to the sought-after Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia.

Roederer remains independently owned, with the Rouzaud family firmly in charge.  They have also added a list of benchmark estates from around the world to their portfolio, including Domaines Ott in Provence, Ramos Pinto in the Douro and the jewel in the crown, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux.

SPARKLING 2000 1 bottle Louis Roederer - Brut Vintage Magnum £260 per bottle Louis Roederer
Brut Vintage
2000 / 1 bottle / Magnum
£260 per bottle
DP
SPARKLING 2009 6 bottles Louis Roederer - Blanc de Blancs Brut 75cl £65 per bottle Louis Roederer
Blanc de Blancs Brut
2009 / 6 bottles / 75cl
£65 per bottle
DP
SPARKLING 2010 1 case Louis Roederer - Blanc de Blancs Brut 75cl £340 per case of 6 Louis Roederer
Blanc de Blancs Brut
2010 / 1 case / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
IB
SPARKLING 2013 1 case Louis Roederer - Cristal Rosé 75cl £1,195 per case of 3 Louis Roederer
Cristal Rosé
2013 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,195 per case of 3
IB
SPARKLING 2014 2 cases Louis Roederer - Brut Vintage 75cl £320 per case of 6 Louis Roederer
Brut Vintage
2014 / 2 cases / 75cl
£320 per case of 6
IB
SPARKLING NV Louis Roederer - Collection 242 75cl £210 per case of 6 Louis Roederer
Collection 242
NV / / 75cl
£210 per case of 6
IB

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