A Family Story since 1776
Initially founded as Dubois Père & Fils in 1776, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle in 1833, renamed it eponymously, and took a visionary approach to enriching his vines, aiming to master every stage of the wine’s creation. In the mid-19th century, Louis Roederer acquired some of Champagne’s grand cru vineyards—an approach that contrasted sharply with contemporary practices. While other houses purchased their grapes, Louis Roederer nurtured his vineyards, familiarized himself with the specific characteristics of each parcel, and methodically acquired the finest land. Louis Roederer’s guiding principle was that all great wine depends on the quality of the soil, a passion for tradition, and an astute vision of the future. The fame and reputation of the House of Louis Roederer was firmly established.
Jean-Claude Rouzaud, grandson of Camille Olry Roederer, inherited the business in 1979. His son, Frédéric Rouzaud, has been at the helm of the company since 2006.
Champagne Louis Roederer remains one of the few family-owned independent champagne houses today.
As a direct descendant of Louis Roederer, you might say that Frédéric Rouzaud has Champagne in his blood. Although he developed a passion for the vineyards at an early age, Frédéric first sought to gain experience outside of the family business. A graduate in Business Administration from the renowned Université de Paris-Dauphine, he spent five years developing his expertise in wine property transactions at a leading French realty firm.
He joined the family business in 1996 as Regional Manager and rose through the ranks to become Manager of Human Resources and then Executive Vice President in charge of development. In January 2006, Frédéric succeeded his father Jean-Claude Rouzaud as President & CEO of the Champagne Louis Roederer Group. Today, Frédéric is the driving force of Maison Louis Roederer’s wineries in France, Portugal, and California.
Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon grew up in Reims surrounded by the world of Champagne. At a very young age, he developed a passion for Champagne and its development. He was naturally drawn to viticulture and studied vine growing and oenology at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie of Montpellier.
Jean-Baptiste joined Champagne Louis Roederer in August 1989 and spent some time at Roederer Estate, in northern California's Anderson Valley.
After a year in California, he returned to Champagne to survey Louis Roederer's 1990 harvest. After this harvest, he left for Australia where he managed a subsidiary of Maison Louis Roederer until December 1993.
Jean-Baptiste returned to Reims in 1994 and was appointed Chef de Cave at Louis Roederer in 1999. Since 2006, he is the Executive Vice-President in charge of the production of the Roederer Collection, overseeing properties spanning France, Portugal, and California.