Roederer Estate L’Ermitage
Anderson Valley, California, United States
93 Points, #60 of 2015 TOP 100
December 31, 2015, Tim Fish
“Instead of Napa or Sonoma, Champagne house Louis Roederer established its sparkling wine outpost in Mendocino’s quiet Anderson Valley in 1982. Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2007, the current release of the winery’s tête de cuvée, proves the location was a smart choice. The 2007 season was long and moderate, with plentiful fog. Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich used the estate’s best lots, blending roughly equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.”
95 Points, #36 of Top 100 2015
November 19, 2015, Jim Gordon
“Very fruity and fresh in aroma, this elegant wine has light, crisp apple and lemon flavors, fresh-baked bread accents and lively acidity. A layered texture seems to blend in accents of almond and vanilla, increasing complexity with each sip. It’s one of California’s bluechip bubblies.”
93 Points, #60 of 2015 TOP100
October 7, 2015, Tim Fish
“Impeccably refined and elegant, with floral aromas of fresh brioche, baked apple and roasted hazelnut. The flavors are layered and well-focused, showing notes of mineral, fresh ginger and subtle raspberry. Drink now through 2017.”
L’Ermitage, Roederer Estate’s special Tête de Cuvée, is a sparkling wine made only in exceptional years from pre-selected, estate-grown grapes. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer in France, Roederer Estate produces its sparkling wines in the traditional French méthode traditionelle and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L’Ermitage debuted with the 1989 vintage.
Roederer Estate wines are made with juice from just the cuvée pressing; no première or deuxième taille is used. The concept of the vintage L’Ermitage is the same one that is used in Champagne: Only the best of the vintage is selected. These are exceptional wines that create a “noble” (special) blend that allows for longer aging, which produces a fine wine with elegance and finesse. Four members of the blending team include winemakers from Champagne Louis Roederer in France and Roederer Estate in California, together totaling over 130 years of experience. The wine for the reserve dosage added to the L'Ermitage 2007 was aged five years in a French oak cask. Following disgorgement, L'Ermitage 2007 was aged an additional five months (minimum) on the cork prior to release.
Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of apricot tart and hazelnut. The mouth feel is smooth, velvety, creamy with a well enveloped citrus acidity and long finish.
After a very wet 2006, 2007 was much drier by comparison. Winter showed many days of below freezing temperatures and the summer had many long foggy days. Yields ended up being moderate with very clean fruit. 2007 vintage ended up very similar to 2005.
Varietals: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir – 4% aged reserve wine, vintage 2004 and 2005
Wine Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual Sugar: 1.0
Cases Produced: 6566 – 4.5 Litre cases
Suggested Retail Price: $47.99