Driven by a new ambition and freedom, Champagne Louis Roederer is writing the next chapter of its story with the creation of Collection.
As the House practices a sustainable viticulture that respects the living environment in order to fully express the qualities of the terroir, it also anticipates future seasons while adapting to the present.
As such, an uninhibited and bold approach was the only way Champagne Louis Roederer could take its perpetual quest for excellence to the next level-and create a worthy successor to Brut Premier.
In September 2021 Collection 242 was launched, replacing Brut Premier. The idea behind Collection was to address the impact in champagne of global warming, “fighting for freshness” is how Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon described his mission in creating this new champagne. He set about his task in 2013 building a perpetual reserve, adding into it only those wines that displayed those fresh and minerally characters. He also increased the oak reserves, similar to how we use spices in a kitchen. The end result is the perpetual reserve is the “freshening element” and 31% of the blend, 10% oak reserve wines and 59% from the 2018 harvest. The Collection number represents the number of times they have made a non vintage since the inception of the house in 1776. Here you can find an in depth article about this new cuvee.
Weather: 2018 was a warm, continental and truly unique vintage. Summer set many new records in terms of heat, drought and sunshine levels. The Pinot noirs displayed a luxurious texture whilst the Chardonnays were dense and saline where harvested at perfect ripeness and the Meuniers were intensely fruity. The harvests began on 27 August and ended on 8 September.
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | 33% La Riviere | 33% La Montagne | 33% La Cote
Grape Varieties: 42% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir & 18% Meunier
Reserve Wines aged in oak: 10% from 2012, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17
Perpetual reserve wines: 31% from 2012, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17
Lees Ageing: 3 years
Current base vintage: 2018
Disgorged: March 2022
Dosage: 8 g/l
Malolactic Fermentation: 26%
Drink: Now for 8+ years