The origin of the Champagne House in Reims is in the company Dubois Père et Fils, first mentioned in 1760. Later, this company was owned by Nicolas-Henri Schreider, who is considered the official founder in 1776. In 1827, he employed his nephew Louis Roederer (1809-1870). After Schreider's death in 1833, the heir renamed the company the name Roederer, which is still valid today. He succeeded in opening up new markets in America and England, as well as winning over the Russian Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825) as buyer of his champagne. In 1870 Louis Roederer II. (1846-1880) took over the management of the company, which had expanded rapidly in the meantime.
The Russian court also remained in the hands of Tsar Alexander II. (1818-1881), the Russian court remained loyal to Roederer champagne. An extremely sweet champagne was produced for Alexander, which was particularly appreciated at court and in aristocratic circles. Out of fear of the frequent assassinations at that time and inspired by a champagne bottle from Mercier, the Tsar's cellarmaster demanded transparent bottles in order to be able to quickly recognize visually a poisoned champagne. Roederer complied with this special request and the champagne was first delivered to Russia in 1876. The brand known as "Cristal" was filled in bottles of clear crystal glass with a flat bottom. It is said that the flat bottom was required in order to prevent a small explosive device from being placed in the recess in the bottom of the bottle. This brand, which still exists today, is still bottled like all other products in transparent bottles without an indentation in the bottom