Roederer Estate Brut Review | Cristal’s American Relative
In 1982, Jean-Claude Rouzaud selected a 580 acre vineyard site in California’s Anderson Valley with the intent to expand and further build upon his long family tradition of producing world-class sparkling wine.
The descendant of the founder of Champagne Louis Roederer, Jean-Claude Rouzaud was running the highly successful family company when he decided to bring his vision of Champagne to the United States in the form of Roederer Estate. Six years after locating this ideal, sizable site near the Mendocino Coast, the Roederer Estate Brut was born!
Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a soft but persistent effervescence and medium sized bead.
Nose: Toasty and doughy with lemon and apple notes piercing through.
On the palate: The Roederer Estate Brut is rich, round, toasty and creamy. It’s elegant and refined mouthfeel belie it’s modest price tag. Lively notes of honeysuckle and orchard fruits expand on the palate as it leads to a long, dry yeasty finish.
Varietal Composition: ~60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Origin: Anderson Valley, California
Value Rating: 5 / 5
Price: ~$16-18 ($23.99 Retail)
Should you buy? Absolutely ~ The Roederer Estate Brut boasts sophisticated Champagne character at a sparkling wine price, and it shares DNA with the world-famous Cristal Champagne!
Value Proposition – Roederer Estate Brut Review
I’ve been in the mood for sparkling wine lately. I really enjoy a glass before dinner as an aperitif to wake up the taste buds. I like finding tasty bottles that don’t necessarily require a celebratory environment to be enjoyed, and the Roederer Estate Brut couldn’t fit the bill any better.
This could very well be as inexpensively as it gets to Champagne in California. It has all of that yeasty, toasty richness that we have all come to love from the wines of Champagne. Some notable points that surely contribute to the admirable character of the Roederer Estate Brut:
- It is aged a minimum of two years on the lees (yeasts).
- Roederer Estate sources all of it’s fruit from entirely estate-owned vineyards.
- Little to no malolactic fermentation occurs to ensure the freshness and precision that is characteristic of Louis Roederer’s wines.
- Recently recognized as Wine World Champion U.S. by the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) in September of 2014.
- The producers of the Roederer Estate Brut are also responsible for one of the most expensive and highly sought after wines in the world: Cristal Champagne.
The Roederer Estate Brut is a classy, tasteful execution in the value sparkling wine category. Fans of sparkling wine will surely benefit from Jean-Claude Rouzaud’s decision to produce a California sparkling wine in the style of his families tradition at Champagne Louis Roederer.
How can you go wrong with a sparkler readily available nationwide from retailers under $20 that shares DNA with Cristal Champagne? The answer is that you can’t. So if you’re on the fence about picking up a bottle of the Roederer Estate Brut, please allow me to gently nudge you in the right direction…you won’t be disappointed!