When Louis Roederer inherited the Champagne House in 1833 he took a visionary approach to enriching his vines, aiming to master every stage of the wine's creation. He forged the wine's unique style, character, and taste. Louis Roederer acquired some of Champagne's grand cru vineyards as he believed all great wine depends on the quality of the soil and a passion for tradition. The Louis Roederer House remains an independent, family-
Roederer own 200 hectares (500 acres) from the three main finest villages, such as Ay, Verzenay, Vervy, Avize and Cramant where the plots rank between 95% and 100% on the official classification scale for the 'crus'. The Champagne House source two thirds of their grape needs from their own vineyards.
'Green harvest' in July to reduce the amount of grapes and thus improve quality. Harvest by hand, usually mid September. Roederer are unusual amongst the great houses of Champagne in having a considerable commitment to organic and biodynamic viticulture, around 22% of their holdings: 40 ha in biodynamic and 15 in organic.