1989 Roederer Estate L`Ermitage
Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 12.0%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (Limited)
Type: Champagne / Sparkling
Principal varietal(s): Champagne blend

This ancient L'Ermitage was predictably yeasty with nice toast and citrus flavors. But it also struck me as being a bit past its prime -- a bit more acidic and less creamy, a bit less fruity, a bit less balanced in its attack. This is a good wine that I'd happily drink every day (though not at $35/bottle), but would have enjoyed it a lot more when it was a few years younger. - HK 2000-03-23


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