L’Ermitage My Old Friend

Although I’d not previously had this vintage, drinking the L’Ermitage from Roederer Estate is like visiting with an old friend. My absolute favorite has been the 1999 L’Ermitage Brut, as you could probably tell given that I’ve reviewed it many times here. Sadly, I am having more and more trouble finding it! Never fear though, I walked into Unwined in Alexandria the other day in search of some bubbly to tide me over until my shipment from DomaineLA arrived and what should greet me right there on the shelf? None other then the 2000 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage Brut. Of course, I had to have it. I told myself it was to support my mission of drinking more bubbly this year, but lets be real, I would have bought it anyway. Though I am doing pretty well with the bubbly goal, this will be the 4th I’ve written about this year, though I’ve had way more than that, just need to get the notes up! The 2000 L’Ermitage cost me $39.99, had a traditional Champagne closure, and clocked in at 12% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found lemon zest, honey, toast, and apple. In the mouth I got apple pie, meyer lemon, green apple, and fresh baked bread. Both on the nose and in the mouth I found the wine to be very bready. It had lots of tiny little bubbles and the green apple notes really popped in the mouth.