September 27, 2007
Roederer Estate Invests Over $2 Million in New Cellars
Anderson Valley winery continues its commitment to uncompromising quality
PHILO, Calif., Sept. 27 — Roederer Estate (www.roedererestate.com), the California outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer in the Anderson Valley, completed just before the 2007 harvest the installation of 10 new oak casks, each holding approximately 1,750 gallons. This investment is part of a $2 million-plus cellar upgrade to ensure consistency in style and quality of its Champagne-inspired cuvées.
The additional oak casks will allow Roederer Estate to increase gradually its overall current production from 97,000 cases per year up to 120,000 cases by 2012, without compromising its quality. The reserve wine program is a long-standing tradition of owner Champagne Louis Roederer, established in 1776 in Reims, France. Roederer Estate uses up to 10 percent reserve wine aged in oak casks for its non-vintage Brut and Brut Rosé, and up to 5 percent (as per California regulations) for its vintage “Tête de Cuvée,” L’Ermitage, resulting in complex flavors and consistent quality.
“In addition to 100 percent ownership of our vineyards, Roederer Estate can be distinguished by its use of reserve wines, which will be supported and enhanced by our new collection of oak casks,” said Arnaud Weyrich, Winemaker and Vice President of Production. “Vineyard ownership and the reserve wine program are two key elements that allow Roederer Estate to have complete control of the wine until its shipment, opening and enjoyment.”
The new casks, which are made by renowned French barrel and cask maker Seguin Moreau in Cognac, France, are part of a larger expansion that includes the replanting of designated vineyards, the use of outside consulting to optimize planting, and significant investments in vineyard and winery software. Roederer Estate owns and cultivates a total of 468 acres exclusively in the Anderson Valley. Additionally, Roederer Estate plans to build extra bottle storage capacity, as bottle ageing is also a key factor to the House’s style.
Since 1982, Roederer Estate winery has been consistently developing its own vineyards and crafting fine wines from its Anderson Valley estate. Roederer Estate’s Anderson Valley Brut debuted in October 1988, followed by the winery’s first “Tête de Cuvée,” L’Ermitage, in 1993. Maisons Marques & Domaines USA (www.mmdusa.net) is Roederer Estate’s exclusive distributor worldwide.
For further information, please contact:
Xavier Barlier, VP Marketing and Communication / (510) 587-2000