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Le Rêve, which translates to “the dream” in French, is a luxury Blanc de Blancs cuvee originally inspired by Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne. Blanc de Blancs means "white of whites" or white wine made from white grapes.
Eileen Crane and Claude Taittinger believe that the finest sparkling wine in the world is Blanc de Blancs made from Chardonnay grapes. These wines have greater finesse and ageability and Le Rêve is no exception. The Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs is generally 100% Chardonnay (with a small percent of Pinot Blanc in some years). Aged a full 6 years prior to release, Le Rêve drinks beautifully upon release and continues to develop for years in the cellar.
Our Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs has repeatedly been rated "The Best Sparkling Wine in America." This current release is a great successor to these wines and exemplifies the best of our estate-grown chardonnay.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast Spring 2011 - Le Rêve 2005
94 Points Wine Enthusiast September 2010 - Le Rêve 2004
"A superb bubbly, almost entirely comprised of Chardonnay, with 2% Pinot Blanc. It's super-sophisticated, with that elegantly dry, crisp, yeasty feeling associated only with the best sparkling wines. Shows its California origins in the ripe lemon, lime and strawberry flavors that flatter, then pull back into a closure of minerals and spice."
92 Points Wine Spectator December, 31 2010 - Le Rêve 2004
"An elegant style, yet rich and delicately complex, showing aromas of Asian pear and brioche, with flavors of baked apple and yeasty hazelnut that lead to a lingering, crisp finish."
92 Points Wine Spectator December, 15 2009- Le Rêve 2003
"Displays an agile balance of boldness and delicacy, with aromas of lemon curd and baked Asian pear. The flavors are crisp yet luscious, with complex apple, citrus and spicy yeast roll. Drink now through 2013."
93 Points Wine Spectator June, 15 2008- Le Rêve 2002
"Alluring aromas of Rome apple and fresh yeast rolls lead to rich, complex flavors that offer an elegant beam of crisp pear, lemon cream and cinnamon flavors that echo through a lingering finish. Drink now through 2012."
92 Points Wine Enthusiast December 2007 - Le Rêve 2001
“A delicious sparkler; shows the delicacy and elegance of a blanc de blancs at its California best. The Chardonnay contributes subtle peach and citrus flavors, and the mousse, or bubbly mouthfeel, is very refined…"
92 Points Wine Spectator December 2007 - Le Rêve 2001
"This is California sparkling wine at its best. Fresh and ripe, with lemon and tropical fruit aromas accented by toast and lees character, leading to rich, layered pear, spice and mineral notes that show depth and finesse."
93 Points Wine Enthusiast June 2007 - Le Rêve 2000
"…this bubbly shows a gorgeous elegance and dry sophistication… it's one of the best blanc de blancs of this year."
90 Points Wine Spectator November 2004 - Le Rêve 1998
“This wine delivers a tight, focused beam of complex fruit flavors built around spicy pear, hazelnut, and pretty touches of lemon-lime, citrus and Granny Smith apple. Finishes with a long, elegant aftertaste.”
91 Points Wine Spectator April 2004 - Le Rêve 1997
A sleek, rich, elegant style, with concentrated pear, spice, vanilla and hazelnut scents that are tightly focused and a long, lingering aftertaste that turns creamy and delicate.
90 Points Wine Spectator December 2002 - Le Rêve 1996
Combines ripe, rich, vibrant fruit flavors with measured elegance and finesse, turning the spice, hazelnut, pear, citrus and anise scents into a refined, well-focused and delicate wine with a long, complex finish. Impressive.
90 Points Wine Spectator December 2001 - Le Rêve 1995
Wonderful complexity, richness and polish, a wine of finesse and grace, with creamy pear, anise, fig and vanilla, finishing with a long, elegant aftertaste.
91 Points Wine Spectator December 2000 - Le Rêve 1994
Wonderful complexity, polish and finesse, with bright, sharply focused pear, vanilla, citrus, hazelnut and ginger, turning smooth and sophisticated.
91 Points Wine Spectator September 1999 - Le Rêve 1993
Bright and tangy, with a toasty, lemony quality that leaves the palate refreshed. The finish is long, with a distinct mineral edge. Elegant, graceful and harmonious.
91 Points Wine Spectator July 1998 - Le Rêve 1992
A bright bubbly, with tangy lemon and mineral notes up front. It's firm and focused, yet made in a delicate style. Flavors fan out on the finish, with hints of gooseberry, mint, citrus, apple and pear. A complex wine with staying power