Roederer Estate, Brut, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, USA NV
I would happily drink this wine every day if there weren’t so many other wines in the world to taste. Its wonderful play of creamy yet kinetic textures, the custardy, limey flavours, and its impeccable focus all add up to one of the best ways possible to greet 6pm after a long work day. Roederer Estate was, in my opinion, the first California sparkling producer to achieve complexity in its wines – especially in the estate’s prestige cuvée, L’Ermitage. The Brut (sold as Quartet in the UK) is generally 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir.
Price UK £18.94 – £19.50 D&D, Exel, Harrods, Hedonism, James Nicholson, Le Vignoble, Roberson, The Drink Shop, The Wine Society US $20 Rye Brook [NY], 69 Wine [NY], JJ Buckley [CA], Artisan Wine [CA]*
Taster Karen MacNeil
*US stockists found on wine-searcher.com