Jean-Claude Rouzaud has guided the House of Champagne Louis Roederer since 1979, when he became president at the age of 37. He succeeded his grandmother, Madame Olry-Roederer, who had dedicated more than 40 years to building the worldwide reputation of Louis Roederer champagnes.
Faithful to the family tradition, Jean-Claude showed an early and keen interest in enology and viticulture. Upon completing secondary school in Paris, he decided to master the two subjects he holds dearest. He earned his National Diploma of Enology in 1966 and spent an additional year studying viticulture.
Creation of world-renowned champagnes requires more than technique. The art of winemaking strives for a perfect balance between technique and intuitive talent. The same philosophy holds true for managing the destiny of such a creative enterprise. Jean-Claude balances his passion for his wines with rigorous attention to every phase of Roederer corporate management.
His two-year search for the ideal microclimate to produce a fine California sparkling wine illustrates his dedication to preserving and enhancing Roederer's 200-year tradition of fine winemaking. He maintains close control of the Roederer Estate vineyards and winery, from introduction of an innovative trellising system, through aging of reserve wines and assembling the cuvee, to labeling and distribution.
Unlike other champagne houses that have been bought and folded into mega-conglomerates, Roederer has remained a family-owned house.
Frédéric Rouzaud, Jean-Claude's eldest son, was appointed President of Champagne Louis Roederer Group in January 2006. Frédéric holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Dauphine in Paris and started his career in real estate before joining the family business in 1996. He has since worked his way up from Regional Manager to Manager of Human Resources and, most recently, General Manager Delegate in charge of development. He is therefore well armed to become the leader of one of the last and most respected family groups in champagne.
Frédéric will from this point forward be the driving force of all flagship companies of the family-owned group: Champagne Louis Roederer, of course, as well as Maison Delas in the Côtes du Rhône, Château de Pez and Château Haut-Beauséjour in Bordeaux, Ramos Pinto in Portugal, Domaines Ott in Provence and finally Roederer Estate and Scharffenberger Cellars in California.