The Louis Roederer champagne house - producer of the famous prestige cuvee, Cristal - has one of the longest histories in the region, dating back to 1776. Today it is owned and managed by Frederic Rouzaud, a direct descendant of Louis Roederer. The 240 hectares of vineyards are located in Grand and Premier Cru sites. Estate grown grapes are used to produce all of the Roederer vintage wines, and they account for a minimum of 50% of the Brut Premier NV. Cristal was first produced at the request of Tsar Alexander II of Russia in 1876. Today it is made only in exceptional vintages, and is one of the earliest prestige cuvees in Champagne to be released onto the market. The Roederer vintage wines represent excellent value for money.