L’Ermitage 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 methode and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L’Ermitage debuted with the 1989 vintage.
Roederer Estate wines are made with juice from just the cuvée pressing; no première or deuxième taille is used. The concept of the vintage L’Ermitage is the same one that is used in Champagne: Only the best of the vintage is selected. These are exceptional wines that create a “noble” (special) blend that allows for longer aging, which produces a fine wine with elegance and finesse. Four members of the blending team include winemakers from Champagne Louis Roederer in France and Roederer Estate in California, together totaling over 130 years of experience.
The wine for the reserve dosage added to the L’Ermitage 2009 was aged five years in a French oak cask. Following disgorgement, L’Ermitage 2009 was aged an additional five months (minimum) on the cork prior to release.
L’Ermitage Tête de Cuvée has fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L’Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of apricot tart and hazelnut. The mouth feel is smooth, velvety, creamy with a well enveloped citrus acidity and long finish