Roederer Estate Brut
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from North Coast, California
Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world.
Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvee. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate.
Each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.
The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California's premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.
Wine Enthusiast - "Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Baked apple and toast aromas with a hint of vanilla. Very lively mouth-feel with croissant, honey and orange zest flavors. Crisp acidity reflects a tart, youthful finish."
Wine & Spirits - "This estate-grown blend of chardonnay and pinot noir gains added richness from oak-aged reserve wines. The reserves broaden the texture, contributing almond tones to the clean, fresh apple and pear flavors. A festive aperitif, this delivers far beyond its price."
Wine Spectator - "Floral, raspberry, apple pie, lemon, anise, spice; focused."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Dollar for dollar, Roederer Estate ranks among California's best sparkling wines, and, if not an extravagant wine or one that competes with those that have had years and years en tirage, this one is a composed, keenly balanced and entirely classy effort. Its subtle yeasty complexities and its fine, wonderfully persistent mousse are uncommon at the price, and, while a complete and thoroughly enjoyable wine at the moment, it is one that should last and last in the cellar."
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Roederer Estate Winery
The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. View all Roederer Estate Wines
About North CoastView a map of North Coast wineries
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 17
- 4 Stars: 28
- 3 Stars: 13
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 4
67 ratings, 21 with reviewsErika Ellingson - Gig Harbor, WA34/10/2011Robert A. - Whitestone, NY512/10/2007In a blind test, friends could not pick the Domestic from the Imported42/11/2009I find Roederer's Estate Brute to be the perfect intersection of taste and value in a sparkling wine. It is crisp with citrus, apple and berry aromas and flavors with a fine body. Though not as nutty and yeasty as many Champagnes it has a hint of those elements. It is marvelous alone or with appropriate foods. You definitely need to keep this around.Sputerbug - Nacogdoches, TX43/22/2009Good tasting sparkling wine for the money especially when on sale.As good as many that cost 2 or three times as much.Abcd - Washington, DC33/19/2011IB - San Diego, CA110/7/2011MichiganCliffy - San Francisco, CA43/23/2011We got a case of this for our wedding, and it was wiped out fast. We should have gotten another 6 bottles. Great sparkling wine at a fantastic price.412/25/2010Have pruchased Roederer for years and always rated 89-91.....crisp, clean taste; refreshing and no aftertaste....A good gift idea for friends and family....Kenneth Asztalos - Brookings, OR411/16/2010Excellent value for the price.412/14/2008Since relocating to the US from France, we've been looking for a good-value bubbly to replace our dwindling stock of French champagne (from independent winemakers). To date we have tried Chandon, Mumm, Gloria Ferrer and Roederer in the $25 range, and the Roederer is the best of the bunch.412/31/2009This is probably (so far) the best "cheap sparkling / pseudo champagne) I have ever had. Tastes great, surprising body, and for ~$20 it is a steal. For an NV, truly surprising. I'd serve it to anyone.Patrick Bodacious - Washington, DC43/10/2010I would buy this is sparkling wine time and time again. It was smooth almost creamy yet dry and rich in flavor easily lending itself for food pairings or to simply drink by itself.412/5/2008I personally prefer the taste of the Brut Premier, but for the price I would hesitate recommending this to any champagne enthusiast.aboykin - Baton Rouge, LA51/11/2010Delicious and very inexpensive, very easy to drink. Can't wait to open the next bottle!ebvacationer - Rusk, TX57/8/2010ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CHAMPAGNESFeng - Washington, DC35/4/2010It is clean and crisp. I will give it 89, but not 91. It was $19.99 when I bought it. I may buy it again if the price is lower than that. For more than $20, I much prefer the Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose. The difference is huge.gab - Eugene, OR57/15/2010Very tasty and the price is right. Re-ordered after trying.412/26/2009Delightful taste while being dry.EJF - Chicago, IL51/6/2010The guests at the party really enjoyed to wine.412/5/2008I personally prefer the taste of the Brut Premier, but for the price I would hesitate recommending this to any champagne enthusiast.suntzu - Fullerton, CA44/23/2009A fantastic champagne for under $20. People were raving about this champagne and I couldn't keep their glasses full.Tropico - Dallas, TX24/5/2010Not subtle at all. Tart and difficult to drink. I bought 3 bottles based on reviews here. Now I have 2 bottles left for mimosas.ross davis - Oceanport, NJ410/9/2008I love this Brut-you will too.sdgodfrey8 - San Jose, CA55/9/2009Excellent body and flavor.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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