World famous Champagne Louis Roederer Group is best known for its Cristal Champagne, a cuvee created by special request of Tsar Alexander II of Russia in 1876. In addition to Cristal, Roederer produces several other tiers of bubbles including Burt Premier, their widely distributed flagship multi-vintage Champagne.
Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer remains one of the largest family owned Champagne houses. Jean-Claude Rouzaud, current Chairman of the Board is 5th generation descendant and grandson of Madame Olry-Roederer. He took over as President in 1979 and has subsequently handed over the reigns to his son Frédéric Rouzaud in 2006, continuing family control.
During his reign, Jean-Claude Rouzaud added several wineries from around the world to Louis Roederer Group’s portfolio, including California extension, Roederer Estate in 1982. Looking for ideal climate and terroir, Rouzaud finally settled on a 580 acre property in Anderson Valley. Roederer Estate’s sparkling wines are produced utilizing the same century old traditions of Champagne Louis Roederer in France – most specifically, complete ownership and control of vineyards and adding oak aged reserve wines to each blend.
Roederer Estate L’Ermitage debut in 1993 as their premium sparkler to critical acclaim and is only produced in exceptional growing years. The 2004 vintage blend is 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir, plus 4% aged reserve wine, vintage 2000. Golden straw color, fine mousse. Pear, apple, citrus, brioche, slightly earthy. Fresh but complex, focused acidity. Absolutely terrific sparkling wine. Alcohol 12.3%. 5,800 total cases produces. Retail $47.