Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut 2013
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.
2013 was the first year of the drought cycle in California. The growing season was mild for frost and very dry throughout, with usual bud break date mid-March followed by a relentless and compact season in the vineyard, leading to harvest third week of August (2 weeks earlier than in 2012). Botrytis pressure was inexistent due to the low humidity year round. Crop size was about the same as 2012 with maturity levels a bit higher and acidity a bit lower than in 2012, characteristics closer to the 2009 vintage.
On the eye: Fine bubbles and creamy finish are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage wine.
On the nose: Aromatics of hazelnut, brioche and flint create a mysterious and layered first contact.
On the palate: Mouthfeel is inviting quince jelly aromas and bright acidity with layered texture. Dosage is balanced with the acid and structure brought by the reserve wines from cask.
Varietals: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir – 4% aged reserve wine
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Cases Produced: 4,136