L'Ermitage 2011

L'Ermitage 2011

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 methode and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L'Ermitage debuted with the 1989 vintage.

Winemaking

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 2011 was aged five years in a French oak cask. Following disgorgement, L'Ermitage 2011 was aged an additional five months on the cork prior to release.

Tasting Notes

Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage cuvee. Delicate aromas boast hazelnut, pastry and pear. Mouthfeel is very pure, focused freshness wrapped in yeast creaminess. Lemon curd and nutty characters play together to give a very European tasting experience.

Harvest

The 2011 growing season is close to the 2010 one: fairly cool all along with an early start of the Fall rainy season. Fruit set is below average because of the cool and wet spring. Ripeness is happening slowly during harvest and early rain creates Botrytis pressure on the Chardonnay. The acid and ripeness balance of the wines is showing lots of similarities with a harvest from Northern France.

Technical Information

Appellation:
Anderson Valley
Varietal:
52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir - 4% aged reserve wine, vintage 2006 and 2007
Wine Alcohol:
13%
pH Level:
3.09
Residual Sugar:
11
Suggested Retail Price:
$47.99

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