40 Years of Roederer Estate

The California sparkling wine producer remains one of the best and most consistent on the West Coast

40 Years of Roederer Estate
After tasting some of the oldest bottles of L’Ermitage in the Mendocino County winery’s cellar, senior editor Tim Fish reflects on the winery's legacy and evolution. (Rick Wenner)
From the Sep 30, 2022, issue

Redwood trees are like skyscrapers in the mountains around Anderson Valley, a remote slice of Mendocino County in California that seems unblemished by civilization. It was an unlikely location for Louis Roederer to establish a California outpost in 1982. Back then, most Champagne houses were investing in Napa or Sonoma, and Anderson Valley was a farflung and untested location, with only a handful of wineries and vineyards.

But then-Roederer president Jean-Claude Rouzaud believed the terroir was ideal, offering cool nights, lots of fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean and well-drained clay and gravel soils. Now, as the winery marks its 40th anniversary, it’s clear Anderson Valley was a wise choice.

Read Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish's reflections on the legacy of this outstanding California sparkling wine producer.

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