Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the few remaining completely independent, family owned Champagne houses. By 1886 the House had achieved such a reputation for quality that the second Louis Roederer was asked by Tsar Alexander II to create Cristal for the exclusive use of the Russian Tsars, and in so doing created the first Cuvée de Prestige. Roederer owns just over 200 hectares of vineyards located in the finest areas of Champagne – Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. Each vineyard is situated in the finest sites, with the plots ranking between 95% and 100% on the Echelle des Crus. This makes Roederer self sufficient for 100% of its vintage styles, and provides two-thirds of its production for Brut Premier. Such a high proportion of estate grapes is very unusual in Champagne, and ensures superior quality at all stages from grape to glass. The benchmark of a Champagne houses style is its Non Vintage. Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier is blended from at least four vintages in a cuvée composed of two-thirds Pinot (of which 10-15% is Pinot Meunier) and one-third Chardonnay. Aged for 36 months prior to disgorgement, it is released only after a further six months in the cellars in Reims. Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier is consistently rated as one of the finest non-vintage Champagnes. 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier. Dosage 10-11 grams per litre.