The Quartet winery is owned by prestigious Champagne house Louis Roederer – who established the vineyards and winery in 1982 in the cool Anderson Valley in Mendocino, California. After years of research the Rouzaud family identified key areas which would suit the production of high quality sparkling wine. Today, 235 hectares are located across 4 distinct vineyard sites – hence the name! The cool climate and free draining soils are ideal for the growing of Champagne classic grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The wine maker is Arnaud Weyrich, a graduate of Montpellier Oenological School, who also worked as Roederer’s Chief Technical Officer in their Champagne headquarters in Reims. The approach to the Brut NV and Brut Rosé NV is very similar. Individual sites and varieties from within those sites are selected and fermented separately. Over the years Roederer Estate has also built up a stock of older “reserve” wines which are oak aged and used to blend back into new wines to add depth and richness. A number of these are well over 5 years old. Typically more of these reserve wines are used in the Rosé – sometimes up to 20% of the cuvee.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay – with a 5% proportion of the Pinot Noir undergoing skin contact to create the rosé hue.
Only the first, gently pressed, free run juice is ever used in sparkling wine production. First fermentation is carried out in stainless steel at 18⁰C. Both the Brut NV and Brut Rosé do not undergo malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the freshness and balance that the acidity brings. Lees aging is never less than 2 years – but more often 3 years is the norm.
A great summer aperitif, with canapés, but has the body, fruit and freshness to go with classic shellfish partners, even with simply pan fried Sea Trout.
In the Press
GOLD Medal, Drinks Business Global Sparkling Masters 2018
Best US Sparkling Wine, Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2016, 2017 & 2018
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: Double Gold Award
“This wine exudes class. It displays a wonderful pale pink colour with apricot and copper hue as well as tiny persistent bubbles. Aromas are delicate and refined including a combination of fresh berry fruits, toast, wild flowers and yeasty notes. On the palate it has wonderful creamy texture (two years on the lees have certainly contributed to the textural softness), attractive savoury complexity and a wonderful refreshing finish.” July 2020 – Decanter, 94 points
The Wine Advocate: 93 Points
“Crisp peach and red-fruit flavors combine with vibrant acidity and energizing, fine bubbles to create a balanced and rich sparkling wine. A spicy, crisp fruit character lingers long on the finish.” – Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points