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LOUIS ROEDERER

Creators of the glorious Cristal, beloved bubbly of rappers and royalty alike, the Louis Roederer champagne house came into being in 1776, around the same time a nascent America was struggling to stand up in its cot. The serious timeline involved in that statement adds an unassailable aura of authenticity to the proceedings; let’s face it, any family that can hold a business together for almost two-and-a-half centuries has to have something going for it.

The visionary Louis Roederer inherited the house in 1833 and set about acquiring some of Champagne’s grand cru vineyards, an entirely original approach in those times. While the other houses purchased their grapes, he set about learning how to grow them himself, gaining insights into the characteristics of each parcel and gradually acquiring the finest plots.

In 1876, his son and successor, Louis Roederer II, developed the first ever prestige cuvée, Cristal. In fine French tradition, Roederer also had, from the 1930s, their own dynamic widow running things: the formidable Camille Olry-Roederer was owner of one of the most notable horse-racing stables in the world and famous for the parties she regularly held in the family’s Hotel Particulier in Reims.

Today the company is managed by her great-grandson, Frédéric Rouzaud, as it draws on a rich palette from the three Champagne districts, the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, and the Côte des Blancs. With two-thirds of their grape requirements under company ownership, the increasingly biodynamic Roederer have a great deal of control when it comes to the quality of their product.

Operating under the ethos, ‘the better the vine, the better the wine’ their vineyards are meticulously maintained and well-honed traditions adhered to. Roederer themselves pay homage to ‘those people in the vineyards and cellars who daily orchestrate the score for a great champagne.’
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
100/100
5 Stars by Cuisine Magazine
97/100 The Wine Advocate
97/100 Wine Spectator
98/100
Cusine Top 10

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ANNUAL PRESTIGE CUVÉE CHAMPAGNE TASTING

This is always our most highly anticipated tasting of the year, the chance to dress up and try the world's greatest Champagnes head to head! Prestige or Luxury Cuvee's are the finest blend a House can make, no expense spared with every aspect tended by hand. This year is the most spectacular line-up we've ever presented, with over 15k of wine being opened.We will be looking at four houses, with their Prestige Cuvée directly alongside the Rosé version of the same wine! These are extremely rare bottlings, and significantly more expensive, but they add an extra dimension that has to be tasted to understand. The chance to taste try these alongside each other has never been done before. Hosted by our Champagne expert and Fine Wine Manager Regan McCaffery.

We will be starting with the beautiful 100% Chardonnay Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007, and the rarely tasted Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2006. Our next step will be the House of Louis Roederer with the wine designed for Tsar Alexander II, Louis Roederer Cristal 2008. We then taste what, for many commentators, is the finest Rosé produced anywhere on earth, the legendary Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2008. Moving next to the house of Dom Pérignon, undisputedly the world’s most famous Champagne. We will be tasting the Lenny Kravitz special edition bottling of Dom Pérignon 2008, and the gorgeous Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006. Our final house of the night is the mythical Henri Giraud, from the famed Grand Cru village of Aÿ. We will start with the newly arrived Henri Giraud Argonne 2011, produced in special 100% new oak barrels, with the bottles finished with 24 carat gold. The last wine is something very special indeed, only 328 bottles were produced of the world’s rarest and most expensive Rosé Champagne, the first ever vintage of Henri Giraud Argonne Rosé 2004. With only 6 bottles allocated to NZ, this is truly a once in a lifetime chance to taste this wine.
When  |  7:00pm Thursday 28 November
Where  |  Glengarry Wines 118 Wellesley St West Auckland
Price  |  $255.00
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