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Quartet Anderson Valley Brut, Roederer Estates NV

Sparkling Wine from USA - California
4.500000000 star rating 10 Reviews
Champagne’s historic house of Roederer’s California fizz marked itself out as a must-try at this year's Wine Champions tasting, wearing the creamy texture that comes with a warmer climate well, while remaining poised and delicate. It's a standout wine for class, complexity and balance from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, California. Give it a go!
Price: £31.81 Bottle
Price: £190.86 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SG161

Wine characteristics

  • Sparkling Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Within two years of purchase
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • Champagne cork

Louis Roederer

The company we know as Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 as Dubois Père & Fils. In 1833 Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and changed the name. Crucial to the early success of Roederer was its targeting of foreign markets. The Russians in particular became enthusiasts of Roederer Champagne, so much so that in 1876 a special sweet cuvée was created at the request of Tsar Alexander II. Bottled in clear crystal, rather than ordinary glass, it was appropriately named Cristal. After the Russian Revolution, a new blend of Cristal was made commercially available and remains the original prestige cuvée for which Louis Roederer is perhaps best known today.

The wines
The grapes for the whole range of Roederer Champagnes are sourced predominantly from their own vineyards, something that is almost unique on this scale in the region. This gives Louis Roederer far greater control on the way in which the grapes are cared for and harvested. The core wine that reflects their house style is the Collection Brut Non-Vintage, although it is referred to as a multi-vintage blend by the estate. The exact blend changes each year but tends to be a blend of roughly two parts pinot noir and one part chardonnay with just a dash of pinot meunier. It often has just over 50% of the wine from the ‘base year’, with the rest of the blend coming from the reserve wines. In this case Roederer have a ‘perpetual reserve’ that...

The company we know as Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 as Dubois Père & Fils. In 1833 Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and changed the name. Crucial to the early success of Roederer was its targeting of foreign markets. The Russians in particular became enthusiasts of Roederer Champagne, so much so that in 1876 a special sweet cuvée was created at the request of Tsar Alexander II. Bottled in clear crystal, rather than ordinary glass, it was appropriately named Cristal. After the Russian Revolution, a new blend of Cristal was made commercially available and remains the original prestige cuvée for which Louis Roederer is perhaps best known today.

The wines
The grapes for the whole range of Roederer Champagnes are sourced predominantly from their own vineyards, something that is almost unique on this scale in the region. This gives Louis Roederer far greater control on the way in which the grapes are cared for and harvested. The core wine that reflects their house style is the Collection Brut Non-Vintage, although it is referred to as a multi-vintage blend by the estate. The exact blend changes each year but tends to be a blend of roughly two parts pinot noir and one part chardonnay with just a dash of pinot meunier. It often has just over 50% of the wine from the ‘base year’, with the rest of the blend coming from the reserve wines. In this case Roederer have a ‘perpetual reserve’ that is curated from a number of previous vintages as well as separate smaller proportions of oak-aged reserve wines. These are combined to maintain the elegance of Roederer’s house style year after year, offering both consistency and complexity. Each Collection blend is identified by a cuvée number so that the exact blends can be identified on their incredibly informative website. Louis Roederer also famously release Cristal in exceptional vintages, where they are able to select just the finest wines from a particular year to craft this truly luxurious vintage Champagne.

The Roederer stable also holds important wine estates in other regions, including a majority share in second growth estate, Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac. In 1988 Louis Roederer also launched their first sparkling wine from their Californian estate in the Anderson Valley north of San Francisco. The cool climate there had been identified as an excellent precursor to the production of grapes suitable for high-quality sparkling wine and Roederer bought more than 500 acres of land to do just that. The wine is made in the same way as their Champagne, using chardonnay and pinot noir and blending from an ever-expanding selection of reserve wines.

Environmental sustainability
For the past few decades, Louis Roederer has focused its efforts on a strong commitment to sustainable practices. The company practises what it terms ‘renaissance viticulture’ using approaches that respect the living environment. Since 2006, the company has implemented a biodynamic farming process. This means that now 155 hectares of their vineyards are certified organic and farmed using biodynamic principles. The remaining land is farmed using the same methods, but it is not yet certified. In addition, the entire estate is sustainably certified Haute Valeur Environnementale Level 3 (High Environmental Value) – the highest level available, awarded on factors like biodiversity, fertilisation, phytosanitary protection and water management. Other elements of the management process include maintaining hedgerows and low stone walls, growing fruit trees and installing beehives.

Social sustainability
The Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability was established in 2021 to highlight contemporary photographers with an interest in sustainability and environmental issues. Champagne Louis Roederer have long patronised the arts. The Louis Roederer Foundation was founded in 2011 with the purpose of perpetuating Louis Roederer’s sponsorship activity which followed on from its discovery of the photography collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2003.

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Decanter

Beautifully expressive with vibrant, yeasty aromas. In the mouth this chardonnay and pinot noir blend is multi-layered and intensely flavoured with freshly baked bread, spiced white peach and...
Beautifully expressive with vibrant, yeasty aromas. In the mouth this chardonnay and pinot noir blend is multi-layered and intensely flavoured with freshly baked bread, spiced white peach and tangy acidity. This is a very engaging and accomplished bottle of sparkling wine.  
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- Susie Barrie MW

Belfast Sunday Life

Lovely crisp fruityfizz with an elegant dry richness - great value.

- Paula Gracey

Kent & Sussex Courier

This is a super-elegant, restrained, bright-fruited,creamy, medium-bodied sparkling wine that shows lively insistent flavours ofcitrus fruit, red berries, apples, spice and freshly baked bread... every...
This is a super-elegant, restrained, bright-fruited,creamy, medium-bodied sparkling wine that shows lively insistent flavours ofcitrus fruit, red berries, apples, spice and freshly baked bread... every bitas delightful as many famous Champagnes twice its price and a perfectspringtime aperitif.
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- James Viner

Decanter

With its classicbrioche aromas and fine fresh mousse, this consistently excellent performer isthe closest I have tasted to the real deal. Beautifully harmonious,multi-layered and long, it's one for...
With its classicbrioche aromas and fine fresh mousse, this consistently excellent performer isthe closest I have tasted to the real deal. Beautifully harmonious,multi-layered and long, it's one for the Christmas toast.
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- Susie Barrie MW

Decanter

I would happily drinkthis wine every day if there weren't so many other wines in the world to taste.Its wonderful play of creamy yet kinetic textures, the custardy limey flavoursand its impeccable...
I would happily drinkthis wine every day if there weren't so many other wines in the world to taste.Its wonderful play of creamy yet kinetic textures, the custardy limey flavoursand its impeccable focus all add up to one of the best ways possible to greet6pm after a long work day.
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- Karen MacNeil

The Scotsman

My favouriteCalifornian fizz, made by Champagne Louis Roederer who ventured across theAtlantic in the 1980s setting up in the little known Anderson Valley to makethe most of the Pacific sea breezes to...
My favouriteCalifornian fizz, made by Champagne Louis Roederer who ventured across theAtlantic in the 1980s setting up in the little known Anderson Valley to makethe most of the Pacific sea breezes to keep their vines cool.  This mightnot be Cristal, but it is a very complex New World fizz with lemon moussenotes, creamy vibrant and ripe from a classic blend of Chardonnay and PinotNoir.
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- Rose Murray Brown

The Sunday Times

Generous andpleasing, with a depth of flavour that improves in the glass.

- Will Lyons

The Scotsman

My favouriteCalifornian fizz, made by Champagne Louis Roederer who ventured across theAtlantic in the 1980s setting up in Anderson Valley in Mendocino to make themost of the Pacific sea breezes to keep...
My favouriteCalifornian fizz, made by Champagne Louis Roederer who ventured across theAtlantic in the 1980s setting up in Anderson Valley in Mendocino to make themost of the Pacific sea breezes to keep their vines cool. A very complex,classy, New World fizz with lemon mousse notes and creamy, vibrant ripe fruit.
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- Rose Murray Brown

The Sunday Times

Near Mendocino, 125miles north of San Francisco, the champagne house Roederer produces sparklingwine. A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, this fruity, crisp fizz is a fineway to start your Thanksgiving...
Near Mendocino, 125miles north of San Francisco, the champagne house Roederer produces sparklingwine. A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, this fruity, crisp fizz is a fineway to start your Thanksgiving feast.
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- Will Lyons

joannasimon.com

Champagne quality and complexity in this sparklingwine made in Anderson Valley, California by one of my favourite Champagnehouses, Louis Roederer. Lemon-scented fruit and toasted brioche flavours from...
Champagne quality and complexity in this sparklingwine made in Anderson Valley, California by one of my favourite Champagnehouses, Louis Roederer. Lemon-scented fruit and toasted brioche flavours from apatiently matured blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Excellent.
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- Joanna Simon

Decanter

A generous andexpressive style, with a fine mousse. Lovely creamy texture on the palate withenticing ripe fruit notes and good acidity.

- Wines of the Year 2019

The Daily Telegraph

Anne Krebiehl MW:"…to remind me of California's brisk Pacific coast."

- Victoria Moore

The Scotsman

One of the best sparkling wines made outside Champagne. It has mouthwatering acidity, bright fruit, toasty creaminess with mellowness and mature fruits from the 15% oaked reserve wine which adds...
One of the best sparkling wines made outside Champagne. It has mouthwatering acidity, bright fruit, toasty creaminess with mellowness and mature fruits from the 15% oaked reserve wine which adds complexity.
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- Rose Murray Brown

Decanter

Aromatic nose with a touch of toffee apple and vanilla. Rich, creamy, with juicy strawberries and apple crumble.

- Panel tasting

Times of Tunbridge Wells

Let me introduce you to a super stylish sparkling wine from storied Champagne house Louis Roederer's first-rate Californian arm in the dramatically cool, coasthugging, fog-shrouded Anderson...
Let me introduce you to a super stylish sparkling wine from storied Champagne house Louis Roederer's first-rate Californian arm in the dramatically cool, coasthugging, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley of wild and tranquil Mendocino County,California's northernmost qualitative outpost of the vine. It has just the right amount of fresh orchard fruit and citrussy flavours before it moves into the complex territory with some bakig spice, creamy and toasty autolysis flavours. plus hazelnut and apple crumble. Excellent. One for eggy brunch dishes, lobster risotto and fish / white meats with creamy sauces. The grapes are 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. Go get!
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- James Viner

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