Roederer Estate Brut
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, 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 Spectator - "A voluptuous and expressive sparkler, with floral red apple, brioche and cinnamon spice aromas and rich, vibrant flavors that finish on a luxurious note."
Wine Enthusiast - "The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "The Roederer Estate Brut has always garnered a special place amongst the folks in the wine trade. This is my go-to bubbly from anywhere in the New World and often in place of higher price bubblies from France and Italy. Yes, this one is as solid as they come. Medium straw color, refined beads; excellent aroma of ripe apples and light creaminess, maybe even a hint of hazelnut; medium bodied, delicately layered on the palate, excellent structure; dry, fine acidity, well balanced; complex flavors of ripe apples and cream; medium to long finish, fine nuances in the aftertaste. (Tasted: August 11, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Year and year out, the Roederer Estate Brut ranks high on the list of preferred non-vintage Brut bottlings and, in this outing, impresses more than usual. It is vibrant and fresh and unstinting in autolyzed richness all at once, and it is as impeccably balanced as it is deep and continuous in flavor. Its wonderfully refined, terrifically sustained mousse heightens its sensations of brightness and youthful vigor, and it shows the complexity and crafting of a wine that we would guess costs far more than it does."
Decanter - "I would happily drink this wine every day if there weren’t so many other wines in the world to taste. Its wonderful play of creamy yet kinetic textures, the custardy, limey flavours, and its impeccable focus all add up to one of the best ways possible to greet 6pm after a long work day. Roederer Estate was, in my opinion, the first California sparkling producer to achieve complexity in its wines – especially in the estate’s prestige cuvée, L’Ermitage. The Brut (sold as Quartet in the UK) is generally 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. "
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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
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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 unto 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 Review44 out of 5 stars
110 ratings, 21 with reviewsRobert A. - Whitestone, NY512/10/2007In a blind test, friends could not pick the Domestic from the ImportedErika Ellingson - Gig Harbor, WA34/10/201142/11/2009I 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 - Abbott, 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 - Thermal, 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.