Established in 1776, Louis Roederer is one of the few great Champagne houses which remains family owned. By 1886 the house had achieved such a reputation for quality that Tsar Alexandre II requested they make him an exclusive cuvée. The result was Cristal, the first Cuvée de Prestige. This quest for perfection continues today, enhanced by an impressive 600 acres in the best areas of Champagne. - less