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It all began in 2003... this exceptionally sunny year, which was problematic for our northern vineyards, revealed—for the first time—certain vineyards with remarkable potential in the heart of the historic Champagne hillsides on the Louis Roederer estate.
THIS IS ABOUT THE REDISCOVERY OF A UNIQUE ESTATE... A VINEYARD CHOSEN BY THE SEVENTH GENERATION OF LOUIS ROEDERER!
Located in the heart of the calcareous clay soil hillsides of Cumières, Hautvillers, and Vertus, which are rich in hard, coarse sandstone, this ensemble of parcels had no difficulty in resisting the heat and drought in the summer of 2003. Better still, the vineyards produced aromatic, intense, and balanced grapes. The resulting wines, which were vini ed separately, parcel by parcel, are characterised by an optimal aromatic maturity, a creamy texture, and a vibrant freshness.
A convergence of several unusual factors produced the dense, almost astringent wines with an incredible freshness: moderate yields, a quick harvest, less racking due to the hot temperatures during the summer harvest in 2003, and an absence of chaptalization and malolactic fermentation, combined with fermentation uniquely in wooden casks.
This encouraged us to carry out a series of bottling trials. The wines were ne-tuned in 2003, 2004, and 2005, which culminated in the selection of the 2006 vintage.
2012 was deemed one of the best vintages the Champagne region has ever experienced. “The quality and the intensity are definitely there to make an outstanding vintage,” Dom Perignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy told Decanter. The base wines show a lovely richness as well as the acidity needed to make outstanding and long-lived Champagnes. Yields are very low, in some places half of the allowed production.