Roederer 2009 L'ERMITAGE
52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir - 4% aged reserve wine, vintage 2006 and 2007. Harvest 2009 felt so much easier after 2008 (plagued with heavy spring frost and devastating summer fires). Limited amounts of rain during winter 2008/2009 made for choices of dry farming some locations and a very low disease pressure in the vineyard. Maturity came in fairly quickly and harvest started mid-August, finishing end of September. Yields were much better than 2008 with most lots showing high acid and good maturity.