Roederer Estate L’Ermitage
Anderson Valley, California, United States
December 5, 2018, Tim Fish
“Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2020. From California.”
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.
The wine for the reserve dosage added to the L’Ermitage 2012 was aged five years in a French oak cask. Following disgorgement, L’Ermitage 2012 was aged an additional five months on the cork prior to release. Disgorged in April 2018.
Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage cuvee. Grilled peach and brioche aromas are followed by a citrus and pomelo taste. The creamy richness is lifted by a clean acidity for a long and pleasant finish.
After the cool years of 2010 and 2011, vintage 2012 felt more like a normal growing season for the Anderson Valley: mild temperatures and no frost events or heat spikes. The usual fog came and went often and it pushed the start of harvest to September 4th with the last grapes for sparkling coming off the vines October 1st. The disease pressure from powdery mildew and Botrytis was high and the crews had to stay very vigilant in the vineyard to keep the fruit pristine. Ultimately the Estate yielded a high-quality and good size crop.
Varietals: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir – 4% aged reserve wine, vintage 2007
Wine Alcohol: 12.9%
Titratable Acidity: 0.94 g/L
Residual Sugar: 10.5 g/L
Cases Produced: 4,217
Suggested Retail Price: $48.99