July 27, 2009

Champagne Louis Roederer

Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 3L Auctions For $12,000

Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 Jeroboam Fetches $12,000 at Central Coast Wine Classic

Avila Beach, Calif., July 27, 2009 — Over the exceptional July 11, 2009 weekend, food and wine lovers gathered for the Central Coast Wine Classic, where a rare Jeroboam of Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002 was auctioned for $12,000 to a generous wine collector. Only four Jeroboams of Cristal Rosé 2002, all designated for charity purposes, were brought into the United States from the family cellars of Champagne Louis Roederer.

The Jeroboam of Cristal Rosé 2002 is made from grapes grown and harvested entirely from Champagne Louis Roederer’s 100 percent Grand Cru vineyards. In addition, the wine is created in the bottle (no transfer) and riddled by hand. The 2002 vintage from Champagne Louis Roederer is internationally acclaimed amongst the wine trade and press for its elegance, depth and aging potential.

Xavier Barlier of Maisons Marques & Domaines, the official representative of Champagne Louis Roederer in the U.S., was on hand to present this exceptional large-format bottle.

Other festivities during the weekend included an exquisite dinner at Hearst Castle, California’s architectural landmark, where guests were served Cristal Brut 2002, and a Champagne Louis Roederer Seminar, where 100 guests tasted through the full line of cuvées at the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa.

Since its founding in 1776, the House of Champagne Louis Roederer’s ( philosophy is defined first and foremost by the art of Champagne making. Such artistry can only be attained when it begins with this kind of uncompromising commitment to the individual vines, where the essence of the final product develops. The House owns over 500 acres of vineyards in prime locations of the Champagne region. Total production is voluntarily limited to about 3 million bottles, nearly the same volume as in the mid-1800s. Today, managed by Madame Camille Olry-Roederer's great grandson, Frédéric Rouzaud, Champagne Louis Roederer's portfolio also includes Deutz Champagne, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Pauillac, Deuxième Cru Classé) and Château Bernadotte, Château Haut-Beauséjour and Château de Pez, Domaines Ott in Provence, Maison Delas Frères in the Rhône Valley, Roederer Estate in California and Adriano Ramos-Pinto in Portugal.

The Central Coast Wine Classic ( funds grants for nonprofits from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties that support studio, performing and healing arts. Grants are awarded through the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation.

For further information, please contact:

Xavier Barlier
VP Marketing and Communication
(510) 587-2000

Heidi Donaldson Soldinger
PR Manager
(510) 587-2011

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