WHAT: A talk with one of the last great independent & family run champagne houses, Louis Roderer.
WHAT’S THE FULL STORY: When he inherited the Champagne House in 1833, the aesthete and entrepreneur Louis Roederer took a visionary approach to enriching his vines, aiming to master every stage of the wine’s creation. He forged the wine’s unique style, character, and taste. In the mid-nineteenth century, Louis Roederer acquired some of Champagne’s grand cru vineyards—an approach that contrasted sharply with contemporary practices.
While other Houses bought their grapes, Louis Roederer nurtured his vineyards, familiarized himself with the specific characteristics of each parcel, and methodically acquired the finest land. Louis Roederer’s guiding principle was that all great wine depends on the quality of the soil, a passion for tradition, and an astute vision of the future; the fame and reputation of the House of Louis Roederer was firmly established. The house till now remains as an an independent, family-owned company and is now managed by Frédéric Rouzaud, who represents the seventh generation of the lineage. With the same patience and unshakeable faith in its creative vocation, the House of Louis Roederer’s annual exports total three million bottles around the world.
WHAT ELSE: Well, we met a special guest, Michel Janneau, who flew from France to represent Champagne Louis Roederer all over the world as an Executive Vice-President and Head of Communications and Public Relations. Born in Soustons, in the South West of France, he has always been a great asset to the House of Roederer by his strong and diverse background. He was nominated Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2008. Photo: Courtesy of PAN.