In 1845 Louis Roederer acquired 15 hectares in Verzenay that remain under family control. Now in the seventh generation, they grow and make wines on 240 hectares, half of which are farmed biodynamically—their ultimate goal for the entire estate.
The wine’s flagship, Cristal, was created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II who wanted an exclusive bottle of their best wine, which was originally packaged in a clear, flat-bottomed crystal bottle. Only made in the best years, Cristal is aged for six years in the cellar and an additional eight months after disgorgement.
Since 2012 Cristal vineyards have been farmed organically. The wines fantastically balance intensity and refinement with a silky texture, complex white and citrus fruits, and a vein of minerality that seamlessly all come together in a long, persistent finish.