2013 Roederer Estate L' Ermitage Brut

Year: 2013
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"Luscious and creamy, with succulent baked pear, caramelized nut and vibrant lemon flavors that take on richness and polish on the finish. Drink now through 2021. -Tim Fish" (WS)

"The 2013 L'Ermitage Brut is the current release of L'Ermitage and was disgorged in June of 2019. 2013 was the beginning of a long period of drought, and winemaker Arnaud Weyrich feels that it brings this vintage "concentration, phenolics and texture—this wine has body." The nose is open and inviting, golden apples mingling with toast, mushrooms, honey and crushed stone. The medium-bodied palate, with eight grams per liter dosage, has pure fruits tactfully accented by earthy, toasty notes. It's energetic but rounded, supported by a finely beaded mousse, and it finishes long and layered. 3,500 cases were made. (WA)

"Elements of toast and lemons and a faintly floral note merge nicely in the nose of this firmly constructed, complex and yet very lively wine, and its fine veneer of autolyzed yeast carries well into its explicitly autolyzed flavors. It very much adheres to its maker's bright, but eminently refined style, and, as usual, the signature crispness and minerally bent of this newest edition of L'Ermitage makes it a splendid starter as well as a very fine choice for uncorking with all sorts of lighter, yet flavorful seafoods running from the likes of seared scallops to fresh, cracked Dungeness crab. And, as we discovered after a long day at the tasting table, it can elevate something as simple as a basket of good fish and chips into a most memorable treat. Reviewed: December 2020" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County’s fog-shrouded, Anderson Valley. As the California property of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. The premium grape growing region's proximity to the ocean gives rise to a gentle cycle of warm days and cool nights, allowing grapes to mature slowly on the vine and develop full varietal character.

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.

Tasting Notes:
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.