For more than two centuries, the name Louis Roederer has been synonymous with excellence and uniqueness. At the beginning of the 1980s, the family business took a decisive step in the creation of a real group. At that time, Frédéric Rouzaud’s father, who was a pioneer at the time, turned to the United States. Following in the footsteps of his ancestor, Louis Roederer, who made the visionary choice in the 19Th century of acquiring his own vines in the greatest vintages of Champagne, thus forever changing the destiny of the House and its wines, Jean-Claude Rouzaud acquired 180 hectares in the Anderson Valley, a cool and misty terroir in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco.
With the creation of this winery, which he named Roederer Estate, a new era opened for Champagne Louis Roederer: that of the deployment of its philosophy and the winemaking approach that founded the singularity of its style, its reputation and its excellence, in other latitudes and on other terroirs. Over time, this story of high standards and passion has brought together a number of independent Houses that have recognized themselves in Louis Roederer’s family values, his attachment to gesture, to the long term and to working the land to protect it, sublimate it and make people discover its wonders.
Today, this unique ensemble, the result of authentic encounters, becomes the Roederer Collection: alongside Champagne Louis Roederer and Cristal, Roederer Collection brings together Champagne Deutz, the Bordeaux estates Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Grand cru classé de Pauillac) and Château de Pez (Saint-Estèphe); in Provence, the Ott Estates – Château Romassan, Clos Mireille, Château de Selle –; Maison Delas Frères in the Rhône Valley; in Portugal, in the Upper Douro Valley, Ramos Pinto; and in California, Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars and Domaine Anderson in the Anderson Valley, as well as Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley and Diamond Creek in the Napa Valley. Roederer Collection, which attaches great importance to the relationship with its consumers and business customers, has deployed its own distribution channel through subsidiaries in several key markets.
With the Christiania hotel, in Val d’Isère, acquired in 2018, opens this new chapter intended to give all these great wines a tasting setting raised to the highest standards. This other expression of the French art of living, a “natural” extension of the wine industry, has the ambition to eventually integrate some of the group’s family properties alongside exceptional hotels and thus build up a real collection of exclusive places to stay.
In addition, with the Louis Roederer Foundation, the Champagne House, historically very close to creators and elevated to the rank of Grand Patron of Culture since 2010, has become a major player in artistic and cultural patronage. A bridge between vineyards, cultural institutions and artists, the Foundation is a perpetual source of inspiration for this ensemble woven of freedom and movement, around creation and transmission.
“A real collection is always much more than just an addition. It is a composition in which each element plays its part while contributing to the unique harmony of the whole. In this way, the Roederer Collection expresses both the unity that makes its coherence and the diversity that makes it rich. This subtle balance, which resonates so strongly with the art of blending at the origin of the greatest Champagne wines, is reflected in the choice to bring together all these Houses, some of which have been by our side for many years, within the Roederer Collection. This choice also reflects the desire to make this collective adventure a long-term one, to have a strong ambition for it and to nourish it with a real vision,” said Frédéric Rouzaud, Chairman and CEO of Roederer Collection.