No Burgundy copy

Champagne house Louis Roederer launches their still wines. 

The first still wines from Louis Roederer.

Louis Roederer's eagerly awaited still wines (Coteaux Champenois AOP) are making their debut: the 2018 Pinot Noir comes from a 43-are parcel in the Charmont site in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and is named Camille Charmont. The 2018 Chardonnay is grown in Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger. The Camille Volibarts are historic Chardonnay clones planted in the Volibarts site (55 ares).

Both wines will be available from Schlumberger beginning this month, of course in strictly limited quantities (prices are €160 and €140). The name Camille refers to Camille Olry-Roederer, the great-grandmother of Roederer owner Frédéric Rouzaud. Ms. Olry-Roederer took over the management of Louis Roederer after the death of her husband Léon Olry-Roederer in 1932 and remained at the head of the company until 1975.

Cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon revealed that they have worked on this for 15 years, starting with the selection and planting of suitable plots geared towards the production of still wine. "The big issue is the tannins. We want to express the terroir of the crus of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, only as still wine and not as usual withbubbles. This expression comes through the tannins. We definitely didn't want to make a copy of Burgundy."

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