#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 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.
"2003 was a great vintage for Roederer Estate. This, their top vintage wine, is very great, and the price is an absolute steal for this world class sparkler. It’s enormously rich in the strawberries from Pinot Noir and the limes from Chardonnay, while the toast and rich lees combine for a perfect champagne-style smokiness. And so smooth, it's like a kiss of silk. At the age of eight years, this wonderful wine is just getting started.
"This wine captures the cool tones of Anderson Valley fruit in a sophisticated sparkler, the marriage of pinot noir and chardonnay flavors transformed into lemon curd, white raspberry, bright apple and lasting spice. the tight balance keeps it fresh, while reserve wines add to its richness (the blend includes four percent of reserves from 1999). There’s nerve underneath the luscious texture, extending the sense of richness into finesse."
Wine & Spirits
"Elegant and sleek, yet complex, with cinnamon and green apple aromas that lead to rich flavors of pear and lemon custard layered with brioche and mineral. Drink now through 2015. 5,251 cases made."
I would say this is the best Champagne I have had to date (and I do love bubbly). My favorite up to now has been Veuve Clicquot, Yellow label, but I must say I'm rethinking that. I cannot improve upon Wine Enthusiast's description, it is perfectly accurate. Incredible value, will be ordering many more.
Great champagne given its price. This one is very rich and mellow, but its complex sweetness lasts and gives a feeling of well-designed texture of flavor. In my opinion, this is an excellent expression of elegance of sweetness required for champagne.
tiny bubbles, clean and crisp