NEW YORK, N.Y. and PHILO, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wine Enthusiast magazine announced today that Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2004 has been named their number one wine of 2013 out of the more than 16,500 wines from around the world the tasting panel reviewed this year. Scoring 97 points, this is the first sparkling wine to top their annual Top 100 List. "[Roederer Estate] is an exquisite sparkling wine," says Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Contributing Reviewer - California, "It has such freshness on the palate, such enviable acidity…This is a delicious wine."
This is the latest in many accolades for Roederer Estate L'Ermitage. Since its release in 1993, with the 1989 vintage, L'Ermitage has garnered consistently great reviews from many of the industry's key publications.
- 1997 – L'Ermitage 1990 scores 96 points and is named one of Wine & Spirits Top 50 wines of the year.
- 2012 – L'Ermitage 2003 scores 96 points and is named #17 on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 list.
- 2012 – L'Ermitage 2003 scores 93 points and is named #55 on Wine Spectator Top 100 list.
"I'm thrilled that Roederer Estate has been recognized with such an honor," says Arnaud Weyrich, winemaker and VP of Production. "We have a great team and everyone at the winery truly believes in creating the best California sparkling wine. It's amazing that our efforts have been honored by Wine Enthusiast."
The Wine Enthusiast Top100 is the pinnacle of their yearly roundups – wines the editors think are remarkable, standout for their uniqueness, their balance and individuality, have an unquestionable appeal and provide editors sheer delight in tasting them. Wines featured in the Top 100 are all top-scoring wines, but also wines that boast exceptional quality-to-price ratios, drinkability and availability.
As Roederer Estate's prestige cuvee, L'Ermitage is made in only the best vintages. A special reserve wine is added to each blend. The reserve dosage for L'Ermitage 2004 was aged 5.5 years in French oak. Following disgorgement, L'Ermitage 2004 was aged an additional five months, minimum, on the cork prior to release. The wine contains 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir and 4% aged reserve wine of the 2000 vintage.
ABOUT ROEDERER ESTATE
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate winery is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. As the California outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate winery builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. Roederer Estate's sparkling wines are produced using only estate-grown grapes from the winery's own vineyards. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer in France, special oak-aged reserve wines are added to each blend. The multi-vintage Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut debuted in 1988 to great acclaim, followed by the Roederer Brut Rose and Roederer Estate's tete de cuvee, L'Ermitage and L'Ermitage Rose
ABOUT MAISONS MARQUES & DOMAINES
Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc. (MMD) is headquartered in Oakland, California with an office in New York. Founded in 1987 as the U.S. marketing company for Champagne Louis Roederer (Reims, France) and Roederer Estate (Philo, CA), today the company has grown into a well-respected niche-marketer and importer of family-owned, prestigious wine producers. Wineries represented by MMD USA include the House of Louis Roederer (Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars, Ramos Pinto, Delas Freres, Domaines Ott, and the Bordeaux properties of Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Chateau de Pez, and Chateau Haut-Beausejour). The full portfolio also includes properties from France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, South Africa and California such as a selection of the Chateaux from Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, the wines of Dominus Estate, Baron de Ladoucette, Domaines Schlumberger, Agricola Querciabella, Pio Cesare, Castiglion del Bosco, Podernuovo a Palazzone, Marques de Murrieta, Meerlust and Fleur du Cap.
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