Encapsulating the enduring spirit of the House—freedom, ambition and innovation—Collection 242 is a vibrant, qualitative multi-vintage cuvée that marks a new, exciting chapter for the progressive powerhouse, simultaneously breaking ground and paving the way for its Grande Marque contemporaries in true Roederer style.
Based on the 2017 vintage, Collection 242 represents the 242nd blend since Louis Roederer’s foundation in 1776. A multi-vintage blend of 42% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, 36% Pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims and 22% Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne, Collection 242 comprises:
Rich and velvety, Collection 242 is a thrilling masterpiece, with the perpetual reserve wine adding freshness and salinity, and the reserve wines giving further depth and complexity. Aged for a minimum of 4 years, the dosage is set at 8 g/L.
An alluring perfume pirouettes in the glass, twirling deftly and assured with aromas of nashi pear, ripe lemon, stewed apricot and river rocks. On the palate, a gorgeous, generous ballet of guava, crunchy stone fruit, blueberry and orange weave through notes of almond, beeswax and lightly toasted bread with great impetus, bolstered by a fresh, chalky finish that bows deep and long with finesse and ripples of salinity.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann G. Basset, Hommage 45 Ultralight machine-made glass.
Perfect as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to meals such as aromatic, slow-roasted Italian porchetta rolls or sashimi-grade tuna served with a crisp Japanese-style salad.
Founded in 1776, the House was inherited and renamed by Louis Roederer in 1833. At a time when the great Champagne Houses purchased grapes from growers, Roederer began acquiring his own vines in 1845 with a novel vision of mastering the entire process—from viticulture to marketing—for his vintage cuvées. Since then, every vintage originates exclusively from the House’s own vines.
Almost two centuries later, Louis Roederer remains an independent and family-owned House with the largest holdings in biodynamically farmed land in Champagne. In late October 2020, following 20 years of environmental transition, 115 hectares of the historic Louis Roederer family vineyard achieved organic certification.
Despite their Grande Marque (‘Great Brand’) scale, Louis Roederer retains the spirit of grower-producer winemaking. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, chef de cave, tends to an astonishing 410 parcels in the Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, and the Côte des Blancs. These plots, no further west than Cumières (where the soil becomes too heavy with clay), reflect the House’s desire to always taste chalk in their wines. The separate pressing and vinification of each parcel allows greater clarity and expression of the diverse terroir. The absence, or very minimal use, of malolactic fermentation in the cuvées further supports precision in flavour.
From just the three traditional grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Meunier), Louis Roederer’s extensive range includes the multi-vintage Collection series, vintage, champagne rosé, Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay), Brut Nature (zero dosage) and prestige cuvées—the latter known as Cristal (the 2012 vintage of which was the first of this cuvée to be fully biodynamic).