Roederer Estate

L'Ermitage Brut Anderson Valley Chardonnay Blend

9.2644 ratings
9.2196 pro ratings
Anderson Valley, North Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.3

After opening a 2012 two weeks ago, I wanted to check in with the 2005. I also open a vintage L’Ermitage every 4th of July (as well as a bottle of zin), as it’s hard to beat this American sparkler at the price (and if you can, tell me).

Again, just a total QPR winner as evidence by this being 16yrs young. I believe this is the “oldest” L’Ermitage I’ve had, and my love for this sparkler is cemented. At its age, it really hasn’t oxidized much at all. I get a kiss of an autolysis flair here, but it’s more just rich and flamboyant. Yeasty/toasty. Toffee, honeycomb (always get that with these), sea salt and cinnamon topped golden delicious apple. Added notes of bruised pear and caramel round out the rich, yet vibrant, finish. The fact that these (yes, this vintage) can be picked up locally at $45-50 is just crazy. Takes a lot of restraint to not buy all they have.

After opening a 2012 two weeks ago, I wanted to check in with the 2005. I also open a vintage L’Ermitage every 4th of July (as well as a bottle of zin), as it’s hard to beat this American sparkler at the price (and if you can, tell me).

Again, just a total QPR winner as evidence by this being 16yrs young. I believe this is the “oldest” L’Ermitage I’ve had, and my love for this sparkler is cemented. At its age, it really hasn’t oxidized much at all. I get a kiss of an autolysis flair here, but it’s more just rich and flamboyant. Yeasty/toasty. Toffee, honeycomb (always get that with these), sea salt and cinnamon topped golden delicious apple. Added notes of bruised pear and caramel round out the rich, yet vibrant, finish. The fact that these (yes, this vintage) can be picked up locally at $45-50 is just crazy. Takes a lot of restraint to not buy all they have.

Jul 6th, 2021
Severn Goodwin

Nose has crusty baked apple, toasted oats, fresh brioche, creamed butter, washed lemon and day old popcorn.

Palate has freshly baked bread, lemon zest, juiced lemon, chopped hazelnut (roasted), faint vanilla, (minor) dried blackcurrant with light saline minerality on the medium finish.

A good bottle, but consistent with all our prior 2007's, slightly underwhelming in comparison to shoulder vintages. Plenty of life in this to easily see a 20th birthday. ~$38

Nose has crusty baked apple, toasted oats, fresh brioche, creamed butter, washed lemon and day old popcorn.

Palate has freshly baked bread, lemon zest, juiced lemon, chopped hazelnut (roasted), faint vanilla, (minor) dried blackcurrant with light saline minerality on the medium finish.

A good bottle, but consistent with all our prior 2007's, slightly underwhelming in comparison to shoulder vintages. Plenty of life in this to easily see a 20th birthday. ~$38

Jan 16th, 2021
Andrew Lohse

Gorgeous in every way

Gorgeous in every way

Jan 7th, 2021
Boris Mathiszik

Excellent vintage of the L’Ermitage. All previous vintages rated 92 points and higher and this one doesn’t disappoint. Minerals, crisp acidity and constrained layers of fruit and white flowers. Extra tasty today as the epitome of American Greatness has been voted out of office. 🇺🇸 🍾 🍾🍾 🇺🇸Cheers to American democracy!

Excellent vintage of the L’Ermitage. All previous vintages rated 92 points and higher and this one doesn’t disappoint. Minerals, crisp acidity and constrained layers of fruit and white flowers. Extra tasty today as the epitome of American Greatness has been voted out of office. 🇺🇸 🍾 🍾🍾 🇺🇸Cheers to American democracy!

Nov 7th, 2020
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.2

Blind, called nice Champagne.

Blind, called nice Champagne.

Nov 2nd, 2020
Lee Lightfoot

Great balance between toasty and ripe elements.

Great balance between toasty and ripe elements.

Oct 15th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. Roederer adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. Fine bubbles, nice mousse with toasty fruit aromas for this Chardonnay & Pinot Noir blend. Flavors of apple and nutty pear, biscuit notes, creamy, great mouthfeel. Long finish ending with nutty mineral notes. Smooth and crisp! Nice!

Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. Roederer adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. Fine bubbles, nice mousse with toasty fruit aromas for this Chardonnay & Pinot Noir blend. Flavors of apple and nutty pear, biscuit notes, creamy, great mouthfeel. Long finish ending with nutty mineral notes. Smooth and crisp! Nice!

Aug 12th, 2020
Chris McClellan

Great producer, brioche, caramel, lemon/, apple, crisp clean, long finish. Paired great with crunchy bread and sea salt butter and foie gras...

Great producer, brioche, caramel, lemon/, apple, crisp clean, long finish. Paired great with crunchy bread and sea salt butter and foie gras...

Dec 24th, 2019
Matt Nason

Brioche and lemon, man, what a great vintage.

Brioche and lemon, man, what a great vintage.

May 17th, 2019
Severn Goodwin

Lemon brulee with beautiful saline notes on the finish.

Lemon brulee with beautiful saline notes on the finish.

Jan 12th, 2019