The 2003 vintage of this wine was ranked #55 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2011
Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of "tarte tatin:" baked apples and buttery crust, with notes of apricot and delicate vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is creamy, expresses flavors of quince and bread crust, with a clean and crisp yet long finish.
"This is an exquisite sparkling wine made from 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, concocted into a special blend and aged for almost six years in oak cask. After disgorgement it was given another five months to sit in bottle before release. It has such freshness on the palate, such enviable acidity, that it's hard to believe the grapes were picked so long ago. Crisp apple dominates, with just a trace of yeastiness on the nose and palate. This is a delicious wine."
"Impeccably focused and elegant, with layers of complexity that open slowly. Floral aromas of red apple and lemon tart lead to vibrant and delicately opulent flavors of mineral, raspberry and fresh ginger. A hint of hazelnut chimes in on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 3,000 cases made."
"Blended from a selection of grapes from Roederer's estate vineyards, this includes four percent of barrel-aged reserve wine from the 2000 harvest. While chardonnay outweighs pinot noir (52 percent to 48), the flavors are more in the red fruit realm, with the fragrance of fresh raspberries. The wine's yeasty maturity measures that fruit into an enticing aroma, while the citrus underpinning of chardonnay lengthens the flavor keeping the structuretight and fine. A light, crisp vintage of L'Ermitage, this would be delicious with poached salmon. "
Wine & Spirits
Outstanding, great value and really good complexity and balance. Mouthwatering acidity at the end keeps you coming back for more and this is a fantastic food wine with great apple and toast/yeast flavors. Perhaps not the 97 it was given by Wine Enthusiast, but clearly in the upper echelon of the very best american made sparkling wine ever. Very French in style, elegance and overall experience. Hard to believe this is 10 years old, as it taste extremely fresh. Steve from the trellis. Talesfromthetrellis.com