Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Rosé 2004
#ROE04BR3 | 750mL
We've waited a long time for Roederer Estate to release their high-end L'Ermitage Brut Rosé. In fact, we had to wait quite a few years, since their 1999 vintage. In its second vintage, the L'Ermitage Brut Rosé is just about the best pink bubbly you'll find in California. Crisp and dry, this complex offering of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir gives you just the right amount of creaminess to go with your bubbles. Like with the 1999 vintage, we anticipate this 618 case production to vanish as quickly as it arrived. - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
"LErmitage rose 2003 is Roederer Estates second vintage of this special Tte de Cuv e rose, which made its debut with the 1999 vintage. As in Champagne, LErmitage rose is made only in exceptional years of pre-selected grapes that come from the very best lots of Roederer Estates own 580 acres of vineyards. WINEMAKING: Roederer Estate wines are made with juice from just the cuv e, the first pressing of the grapes, and do not use premire or deuxime taille. These are exceptional wines that create a noble (special) blend, which allows for longer aging and produces a fine wine with elegance and finesse. Four members of the blending team include winemakers from Champagne Louis Roederer and Roederer Estate, together totaling over 130 years of experience with Roederer. The rose blend is crafted using a small fraction of red wine from pinot-noir grown on the Estate, especially made for this purpose using a Burgundian maceration technique that allows skin contact to extract color and aromas. This red wine brings delicate berry flavors and a nice color to further extend the LErmitage rose smoothness and subtleties, allowing for a unique tasting experience. The wine for the dosage used in the LErmitage rose was the 2005 wine liquor, aged for three years in French oak casks. Following disgorgement, LErmitage rose was aged an additional eight months at a minimum on the cork prior to release. TASTING NOTES: LErmitage rose brings complexity and smoothness to a higher level. The delicate salmon colors enhance the tiny bubbles and creamy mouthfeel. Notes of bread crust, baked apples and caramelized hazelnut create an elegant and complex wine. The wine is crisp with great acid on notes of quince jelly and anise. Number of cases produced: 618 9-liter cases"
This wine pairs well with:
- Cheese - Soft