Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut 2003
SKU: 09754616289

Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut 2003

  • we96
  • ws93
  • v91


Category Sparkling Wine
Region California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
Brand Roederer Estate
Alcohol/vol 12.1%
L'Ermitage is Roederer Estate's special Tête de Cuvée, which has consistently been rated one of California's top sparkling wines since its debut in 1989. Taking a cue from owner Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate produces its sparkling wines in the traditional French methode champenoise and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L'Ermitage is made only in exceptional years, of pre-selected grapes that come from the very best lots. Fine bubbles and creamy finish are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage wine. Aromatics of hazelnut, brioche and flint create a mysterious and layered first contact. 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.
Wine Enthusiast
  • we96

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.

Steve Heimoff, December 15, 2011
Wine Spectator
  • ws93

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.

Tim Fish, November 30, 2011
  • v91

Light, bright gold. Pungent aromas of pear skin, white flowers, beeswax and smoky lees. Dry and focused but showing very good depth to its spicy, ginger-accented orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Tight, linear and smoky on the impressively long finish, which leaves notes of lemon pith and ginger behind. (JR)

Stephen Tanzer, May 2013