July 8, 2011

Champagne Louis Roederer

Louis Roederer Toasts 16-Year Hampton Classic Partnership

OAKLAND, Calif., July 8, 2010 — Champagne Louis Roederer (Reims, France) will enter its 16th year as official Champagne sponsor of the Hampton Classic, the premier hunter, equitation and show jumping competition in Bridgehampton, NY, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5, 2010. In addition to providing wines for the 35th Classic’s numerous events from the Louis Roederer family of wineries, the family owned Champagne house will award the Grand Prix winning rider a jeroboam of the 1999 vintage of Cristal, the world’s first prestige Champagne.

Louis Roederer created Cristal in 1876 at the special request of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. This elegant Champagne with its distinctive clear bottle graced Imperial tables and has become one of the world’s most coveted Champagnes. Jeroboams (3 liter bottles) of the 1999 vintage, which the Wine Advocate declared as “one of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips,” are extremely rare and befitting of the Classic’s equestrian showcase.

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 Champagne Deutz, 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.

For further information, please contact:

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