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Roederer Estate 2015 L'Ermitage Brut Champagne Anderson Valley
Roederer Estate 2015 L'Ermitage Brut Champagne Anderson Valley

Roederer Estate 2015 L'Ermitage Brut Champagne Anderson Valley

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 Pacific 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.

Among the very few California sparkling wine houses that only sources estate-grown fruit, Roederer Estate is also meticulous about all its farming decisions. The winemaking process begins with in-depth knowledge of the Estate soils to introduce open lyre trellis system or high density plantation, extends to the decision to farm vineyards organically and biodynamically, and finishes by painstakingly tracking grape maturity to achieve perfect balance at harvest.

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.

Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage cuvée. Aromas of hazelnut and roasted pecans opening to some clove spiciness. Vibrant acidity, with notes of Asian pear, baked green apple. Creamy mid palate and clean acid with a dry finish.

Wine Enthusiast - 96 Points
"This grand, special-occasion wine is wonderfully complex and layered, but also powerful in the way its toasted walnut, Bosc pear and fresh bread flavors start out strong in the aroma and keep pumping on the palate and through a lingering finish. Nice and dry, tangy but mouthfilling, it’s a sophisticated indulgence. Best now to 2028."

Connoisseurs' Guide - 94 Points
"52% Chardonnay; 48% Pinot Noir. Still just a bit tight in the nose with suggestions of tart cherries and fresh lemons framed by a nice bit of creamy yeast, the 2015 L’Ermitage from Roederer Estate is a vibrant, young-seeming wine with a very firm backbone of bristling acidity, and, even if exhibiting plenty of complexity right now, it strongly conveys the sense that further age will make what is a very good wine that much better yet. Pour it now as a bracing, palate-cleansing partner to seafood's of most every stripe, but know that even a few years of patience will bring manifold rewards."

James Suckling - 93 Points
"A lovely, aromatic nose of autumn leaves, fresh cream and pears. Medium-bodied with fresh, bright acidity. Citrus and nutmeg wash over the palate. The tight mousse lifts the palate upward, while remaining grounded by notes of white pepper and candied ginger. Yeasty finish. Drink now."

Type

Sparkling

Varietal

52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir

Vintage

2015

Bottle size

750mL

Alcohol content

12.4%

Appellation

California – Anderson Valley

Wine Advocate

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Wine Enthusiast

96

Connoisseurs' Guide

94

James Suckling

93


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