Champagne Louis Roederer Collection

Champagne, France

Vintage:243 (Current)

242 (Past) | 244 (Current)

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Champagne Louis Roederer Collection 243
  • JS 94
  • D 93
  • V 93
  • VFTC 93
  • JD 93
  • WA 92



93 Points

June 9, 2023, Georgie Hindle

“A crystalline and pure nose full of bright lemon, chamomile, green apple and soft honeysuckle. Crisp and dry, with racy acidity and tiny bubbles that lift the palate straight away. Mouthwatering but light and so fine in terms of texture with a chalky, long and softly salty finish. This really makes you want another glass straight away. A perfect aperitif wine still with lots of juice and fruity flavours but crisp and totally refreshing. The majority of this blend comes from the 2018 vintage.”

View From the Cellar

93 Points

February 2023, John Gilman

“Louis Roederer’s new release of “Collection 243” non-vintage Brut is only the second in their new series, which I strongly feel is one of the most significant new editions to the firmament of Champagne in many years. It has taken non-vintage Brut bottlings to a new level and it will be interesting to see if any other Grandes Marques choose to match Maison Roederer’s level of quality for their own non-vintage bottlings in the coming years. The Collection 243 is from the base year of 2018, with fifty-nine percent of the cuvée from this vintage, and also includes thirtyone percent of the solera of reserve wines started in 2012 for this bottling and ten percent oak-aged reserve wines made from younger vines in the Cristal vineyards. The cépages ended up being forty-two percent chardonnay, forty percent pinot noir and eighteen percent pinot meunier, with just under one-third of the vins clairs going through malolactic fermentation. The wine was finished with a dosage of eight grams per liter and offers up a bright and complex bouquet of apple, pear, warm bread, a touch of hazelnut, orange zest, a beautiful base of soil tones, gentle smokiness and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, precise and full-bodied, with a superb core of fruit, elegant mousse, fine backend mineral drive and a very long, complex and impeccably balanced finish. With more than forty percent reserve wines in the blend this year, the Collection 243 is drinking exceptionally well out of the blocks, but has the girdle of acidity to also age long and gracefully. This is very sophisticated non-vintage Brut! 2023-2050+.”

Jeb Dunnuck

93 Points

November 7, 2022, Audrey Frick

“The NV Champagne Collection 243 Brut is the third release and is based on the 2018 vintage, with the addition of 30% of the perpetual reserve started in 2012 and 10% reserve wine that has been aged in oak. It is ripe and balanced, with yellow flowers, honeycomb, and plum, and it has elegant concentration and underlying tension, precise mousse, and rich salinity, with lingering notes of croissant and delicate smoke. This will be an exciting wine in the range to follow. Drink 2022-2037.”

Vinous Media

93 Points

November 2022, Antonio Galloni

“The NV Collection 243 is bright, punchy and wonderfully effusive, the 243 really shows the more vibrant style Roederer is going for with their new entry-level NV bottling. Citrus peel white, flowers, mint, slate and a host of saline notes build nicely. This is impressive, to say the least. Dosage is 8 grams per liter.”

The Wine Advocate

92 Points

August 31, 2022, William Kelley

“Based on the 2018 vintage and complemented by reserve wines from a solera established in 2012, as well as younger foudre-aged reserve wines, Roederer's newly released NV Brut Collection 243 is a pillowy, enveloping Champagne evocative of crisp stone fruits, honeycomb, white flowers and buttery pastry. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and generous, with an ample core of fruit, bright acids and a saline finish, it will offer demonstrative drinking on release.”

94 Points

June 22, 2022, James Suckling

“Dried-lemon, apricot, green-apple, salted-almond, walnut and light caramel notes. Vinous and layered, with small and tight bubbles. Excellent focus and intensity. Based on 2018, with reserve wines going back to 2009. Dosage 8g/L. Drink now.”


Driven by a new ambition and freedom, Champagne Louis Roederer is writing the next chapter of its story with the creation of Collection. As the House practices a sustainable viticulture that respects the living environment in order to fully express the qualities of the terroir, it also anticipates future seasons while adapting to the present. As such, an uninhibited and bold approach was the only way Champagne Louis Roederer could take its perpetual quest for excellence to the next level—and create a worthy successor to Brut Premier. 

Each Collection is a change of gear, a new chapter in the Louis Roederer uncompromising pursuit of taste. Always unique, yet decidedly familiar!


Collection is based on a selection of plots located in the heart of the Champagne region that are suited to its identity and where the emphasis is on sustainable growing practices. True to its roots and terroirs, Roederer's historical origins are reflected in the blend:

  • 1/3 "La Rivière" | Vallée de la Marne

  • 1/3 "La Montagne" | Montagne de Reims

  • 1/3 "La Côte" | Côte des Blancs

Collection 243 represents the Champagne House's 243rd blend since its foundation. It is based on the finest wines from the 2018 harvest (59%) and complemented by 31% of the Perpetual Reserve (2012-2017) and 10% of oak-aged reserve wines sourced from young Cristal vines (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

26% of the wines undergo malolactic fermentation. 

Tasting Notes

Bright, golden hue with shimmering highlights. Fine, lively mousse with lingering threads of bubbles. The bouquet is open and rich yet also wonderfully fresh. It offers an explosion of ripe, delicate fruit with intense notes of yellow fruit (mirabelle plum) from the pinot noir complemented by sweet citrus fruits (lemon meringue pie) and delicate notes of white flowers (jasmine) from the chardonnay. The nose opens up to reveal autolytic characters and evolves towards smoky, roasted notes and freshly baked pastries. The palate is deep and dense with a big, well-structured backbone.

The texture is simply mesmerising with its fleshy mouthfeel from the pinot noir that coats the palate before giving way to an incredible saline freshness with a pleasant hint of bitterness. This wine combines the strength, intensity and power of the delectably ripe pinot noirs which are balanced to perfection by the chalky freshness and density from the chardonnay which forms the majority of the blend.

Collection has all its warmth and generosity thanks to the perfect ripeness of the fruit harvested in the 2018 vintage, yet it is the freshness, energy and complexity of the 'Réserve Perpétuelle' created in 2012, as well as the texture imparted by the oak ageing, that extend and elongate the wines' body resulting in unrivalled finesse and persistence.

Harvest Notes

2018, the base vintage for Collection 243, was a warm, continental and truly unique vintage. Summer set many new records in terms of heat, drought and sunshine levels. The pinot noirs displayed a luxurious texture whilst the chardonnays were dense and saline where harvested at perfect ripeness and the Meuniers were intensely fruity. The harvests began on August 27th and ended on September 8th. 

Technical Information

Varietals: 42% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 18% Meunier

Dosage: 8 g/L