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. *Editors' Choice* (JG)
Elements of toast and lemons and a faintly floral note merge nicely in the nose of this firmly constructed, complex and yet very lively wine, and its fine veneer of autolyzed yeast carries well into its explicitly autolyzed flavors. It very much adheres to its maker’s bright, but eminently refined style, and, as usual, the signature crispness and minerally bent of this newest edition of L’Ermitage makes it a splendid starter as well as a very fine choice for uncorking with all sorts of lighter, yet flavorful seafoods running from the likes of seared scallops to fresh, cracked Dungeness crab. And, as we discovered after a long day at the tasting table, it can elevate something as simple as a basket of good fish and chips into a most memorable treat.
The 2013 L'Ermitage Brut is the current release of L'Ermitage and was disgorged in June of 2019. 2013 was the beginning of a long period of drought, and winemaker Arnaud Weyrich feels that it brings this vintage "concentration, phenolics and texture—this wine has body." 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. (EB) 93+
L’Ermitage is a selection of the estate’s top fruit of the vintage. The 2013 is 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, with 4% barrel-aged reserve wine from the 2011 vintage. It’s mouthwatering and dynamic, with layers of flavor, both fresh apple and more mature notes. An elegant, satisfying sparkler with dimension, it’s fit for a plateau de fruits de mer. (JG)
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