2018 Estate Brut Cuvée

Our Estate Brut Cuvée is the signature wine of Domaine Carneros. Crafted using exacting méthode traditionnelle techniques and comprised of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from numerous blocks and clones, it is a true epitome of our estate. The tapestry of flavors that result, married with the inherent finesse of the cool Carneros fruit, create wines of depth and complexity that are enhanced by a minimum of three years of bottle age sur lie in the cellar before release. This extra bottle age yields a complex, toasty aroma and fine, pinpoint bubbles.

Tasting Notes

Richness and complexity begin on the nose, with bounding aromas of citrus zest, green apples, macadamia nut, and a hint of brioche. The palate is round and full, revealing poached pear, crisp apple, yuzu, honeydew melon, and lemon sorbet with a toasty finish that lingers on the palate, begging for another sip. This winery exclusive wine has been aged to perfection yet will enjoy additional evolution in the cellar over the next decade.

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Food Pairings

This 2018 vintage of our Estate Brut pairs nicely with raspberry tart or chocolate covered strawberries. Perfect with just a few toasted nuts or goat cheeses, it will also enhance simple to complex meals. Oysters and shellfish dishes work well, and we suggest trying it with Asian cuisine.

Varietal Composition

Vintage: 2018
Varietal: 54% Estate Grown Pinot Noir, 46% Estate Grown Chardonnay
Alcohol %: 12.0
pH: 3.0
Acid: 0.82g/100ml
Sugar (dosage): 0.9%

93 Points
Wine Spectator
September 2023
97 Points
International Women's Wine Competition
July 2023
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