2013 Roderer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Sparkling Wine

2013 Roderer Estate L’Ermitage Brut Sparkling Wine

ROEDERER ESTATE

2013 L’ERMITAGE
BRUT SPARKLING WINE

2013 Roderer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Sparkling Wine
Roederer Estate is rooted in viticulture and centered around ownership of their vineyards. In France, their top Champagne is Cristal, but in California, their flagship Sparkling wine is their L’Ermitage, which they only make in exceptional vintages. Relying on age-old traditions, they’ve established a reputation as the top domestic Sparkling wine, and with its 95 point score and placement on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections list, here’s your chance to own it. 
 
Roederer’s winemaking style moves beyond science and chemistry into artistry measured by taste. Their team ages L’Ermitage for an impressive five years in oak casks, lending body, finesse, and depth, setting it apart from other California Sparkling wines.
 
Selecting Anderson Valley as the California outpost; The area was chosen for its proximity to the Pacific, inducing a gentle cycle of warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to slowly mature and develop full flavors. L’Ermitage’s choreographed union of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir is domestic sparkling at the highest level.
 
ROEDERER ESTATE
2013 L’ERMITAGE
BRUT SPARKLING WINE
Retails at: $55
 
Your Price: $49.99
 
 
“A panoply of subtle aromas and delicate flavors wrapped in a silky, slightly crisp texture give this medium-bodied wine a great sense of elegance. Fresh ginger, biscuits, toasted almonds and mild cherry nuances fill the palate. Best through 2025.”
95 Points, #42 Top 100 Cellar Selections
 
“The nose is open and inviting, golden apples mingling with toast, mushrooms, honey and crushed stone. The medium-bodied palate, with eight grams per liter dosage, has pure fruits tactfully accented by earthy, toasty notes. It’s energetic but rounded, supported by a finely beaded mousse, and it finishes long and layered.”
93+ Points
NV Marquis de la Mysteriale Cuvee Grand Esprit Champagne

NV Marquis de la Mysteriale Cuvee Grand Esprit Champagne

MARQUIS de la MYSTERIALE

CUVÉE GRAND ESPRIT
CHAMPAGNE NV

NV Marquis de la Mysteriale Cuvee Grand Esprit Champagne
How much would you expect to pay for a bottle of Champagne? Champagne commands a higher price tag than other sparkling wines due to strict requirements on aging and the fact that the region is roughly 8% of the size of Sonoma County. Champagne wines must spend at least 15 months in the bottle before release, which is longer than any other Sparkling, and they usually start above $40-$60/btl. There’s a reason why Marquis de La Mysteriale Champagne is just $29.99. The company that produces it has decided to discontinue this particular wine, which creates a grand opportunity for you.
 
Maison de Grand Esprit crafts their Champagne in a toasty and rich style, which they achieve through aging on the lees for a full 15 months. Their winemaking team sourced the grapes from small family growers, and they completed the blend with 59% Chardonnay and 41% Pinot Noir. 
 
Winemaker Florent Gauthier has an inherent passion for wine he’s developed in France, Switzerland, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and California, even working for a brief time at Stags’ Leap Winery. He believes in minimal intervention winemaking and allowing for each wine’s finesse and elegance to express itself.
 
MARQUIS de la MYSTERIALE
CUVÉE GRAND ESPRIT
CHAMPAGNE NV
Retails at: $60
 
Your Price: $29.99
 
 
“This wine is soft and well balanced. An attractive predominance of Chardonnay in the blend with Pinot Noir gives an edge of minerality as well as fresh apple flavors. The wine is ready to drink.”
90 Points
 
“Rich and complex yet fresh, our Champagne possesses a beautiful, intricate aroma of toasted bread, almond and nougat combined with a fine, persistent mousse.”
 NV Haute Couture Rose French Bubbles

NV Haute Couture Rosé French Bubbles

HAUTE COUTURE

FRENCH BUBBLES
ROSÉ NV

 NV Haute Couture Rose French Bubbles
Haute Couture French Bubbles unites the worlds of wine and fashion by fusing an ideal combination of flavor, style, packaging, and price. Their winemaking team perfectly unified traditional French winemaking with a new-world like fruit and mouthfeel, and at $28, this wine will make many friends… 
 
The winery is owned by Jean-Charles Boisset, who grew up at his parents Château du Clos Vougeot. He now operates one of the most impressive family-owned wine empires, with around 20 estates from France to California.
 
The blend combined Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from several regions in France, and the wine team crafted it using traditional methods. After fermenting the grapes into still wine, they add a specific amount of liqueur de tirage (a liquid solution of yeast, wine, sugar,) to begin secondary fermentation. The next step is the dosage, which adds sugar back into the wine to soften it, and the results are stunning.
 
HAUTE COUTURE
FRENCH BUBBLES
ROSÉ NV
Retails at: $30
 
Your Price: $28
 
“Pale pink in color with enticing aromas and flavors of juicy cherry, blackberry and raspberry. On the palate, this rosé is creamy and has the perfect dosage for a delicately sweet finish”
2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine

2012 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage Brut Sparkling Wine

ROEDERER ESTATE 2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine

2012 L’ERMITAGE
BRUT SPARKLING WINE

 
Did you know that Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley is the sister winery of Louis Roederer in France?  In France, their top Champagne is Cristal, but in California their flagship Sparkling wine is their L’Ermitage, which they only make in exceptional vintages.  Their winemaking style helping guide their success is based upon two very important elements; complete ownership of their vineyards with meticulous farming, along with oak-aging their Reserve wines.  L’Ermitage spends and impressive 5 years in oak casks, which lends to their style of body, finesse and depth of flavor.   With 95 and 97 Point scores from two of the Country’s top critics, this is a truly stunning vintage of L’Ermitage.
 
Louis Roederer is one of the most iconic names in Champagne with more than 200 years of traditional winemaking.  In the early 1980’s they discovered that the Anderson Valley, just North of Sonoma, was ideally suited for grapes used to make sparkling wines.  The area has a cooler climate with well-drained soils, and the close proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides a gentle cycle of warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to slowly mature and develop full flavors.  At under $50, this is simply one of the greatest sparkling wines produced in the New World.
 
ROEDERER ESTATE
2012 L’ERMITAGE
BRUT SPARKLING WINE
Retails at:  $50/btl
 
Your Price: $45/btl

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Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2020.”  95 Points
Luxurious and layered, this nicely mature wine has a broad range of complex aromas and flavors, from fig to mushroom to butter and baking spices that ride a supple texture and linger for a long finish. The very fine bead, plush texture and a creamy richness that verges on sweetness are practically irresistible. Best through 2025.”  97 Points, Cellar Selection
Bouquin-Dupont Grand Cru Champagne Blanc de Blancs

Bouquin Dupont Grand Cru Champagne Blanc de Blancs

BOUQUIN DUPONT

GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE
BLANC DE BLANCS

Bouquin-Dupont Grand Cru Champagne Blanc de Blancs
It’s rare to taste a wine so brilliant, that it makes you want to hang your hat and forget about the rest for a while… Dupont Grand Cru is that wine.  A remarkable expression of grower Champagne, and in the under $150/btl category, in our shop, it’s the best that we’ve ever carried.  The flavors and aromas are wonderfully developed, profound and exhilarating.  Aging for an impressive 4 to 10 years sur lie, many of the world’s top Grand Cru Champagnes age for a similar length of time on the lees, resulting in a rich, yet focused and linear with an intensity that I love… This one will simply compete with ANY prestige Champagne you can think of.  Period.
 
Grand Cru Champagne is very rare as only 17 of the 319 villages in Champagne produce Grand Cru quality grapes. This wine originates from Dupont’s Grand Cru Vineyard in the heart of Côte des Blancs. Comprised of 100% Chardonnay grapes that were sorted by hand, and pressed traditionally to collect the noblest juice.  With just a minuscule amount imported into the US, we don’t expect this beauty to be available for long…      
 
BOUQUIN DUPONT
GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE
BLANC DE BLANCS
Retails at:  $65.00/btl
 
Your Price: $54.99/btl
 
 
Tasting Notes: “Indescribably brilliant with a freshness and vibrancy that need to be experienced to be believed , this otherworldly Champagne cascades wave after wave of candied citrus, quince, yellow plum and green pear fruit with elements of wet stone/saline-like minerality, toast, white flowers and a hint of ginger. On your palate, it takes over and puts your swallow reflex into overdrive, then the expansive finish grows for a minute plus, leaving you begging for another sip.  It’s simply my new favorite Champagne. ”   97 Points, Kevin M. Vogt, Master Sommelier
Customers that enjoy Bouquin DuPont’s Grand Cru Champagne may also enjoy these two fantastic Champagnes…
RH Coutier Grand Cru Champagne NV 2006 Dom Perignon Brut Champagne
RH COUTIER
GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE
CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Retails at:  $50.00/btl
 
Your Price: $39.99/btl 
 
An absolutely stunning Grand Cru Champagne, Grand Cru is very rare in Champagne, as only 17 of the 319 villages there produce Grand Cru quality grapes.  Reaping the rewards from aging for an impressive 4 to 6 years sur lie, many of the world’s top Grand Cru Champagnes age for a similar length of time on the lees, resulting in a rich, yeasty style that’s rarely available at this very realistic price. 
DOM PERIGNON 
BRUT CHAMPAGNE
2006 VINTAGE
Retails at: $200.00/btl
 
Your Price: $179.99/btl
 
From Vinous: “… the 2006 shows off fabulous intensity in a style that brings together the ripeness of 2002 with the greater sense of verve and overall freshness that is such a signature of the 2004… The 2006 falls into the family of riper, more voluptuous Dom Perignons, but without veering into the level of opulence seen in vintages such as 2002.”  97 Points