Our Brut Vintage Champagne is specially produced for Fortnum & Mason by Louis Roederer. The grapes (including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) are sourced from the young vines of Louis Roederer and also purchased fruit from the Marne. The dominance of black varieties offers roundness and complexity, while the Chardonnay provides elegance and freshness. This cuvée is a deep gold colour and offers a wonderful brioche character. It is particularly delicious enjoyed with food.
Champagne Louis Roederer
Roederer began life in 1760 as Dubois Père & Fils, a champagne firm that came into the hands of Louis Roederer in 1833. A Key event in Roederer's success was when it broke into the Russian market with the creation in 1876 of a special cuvée for the Tsars. This, of course, was Cristal, regarded by many as the first prestige cuvée. Today, even Roederer's entry-level champagne , the Pinot Noir-based Brut Premier, is seen as better than most producer's vintage champagnes.
It is thought that part of the secret of this success is that, unusually for champagne houses, Roederer predominantly uses grapes from its own vineyards: 180 hectares of vineyards make up some 80 percent of its production.