Le Rêve is a highly respected tête de cuvée - our winery’s finest Sparkling wine and frequently named America’s Best Sparkling. French for “the dream,” Le Rêve is crafted from 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, making it a pure expression of Domaine Carneros.
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During the 2011 growing season we experienced frost in the vineyard and ended the season with a very cool summer, resulting in a reduced crop size. This intensely flavorful cuvee is something of a late bloomer as most great wines are, so consider aging this Le Rêve a little longer than usual.
A perfect Le Rêve with lovely notes of white flowers, Meyer lemon, quince, pear and a hint of pineapple with a toasty to slightly smoky aroma. The palate opens up to honeysuckle and Crème brûlée. The full mouth feel leads to a very round and long finish. Delicious now, but there will be additional flavor benefits for those who can wait.
As with many great wines, 2011 Le Rêve has been crafted to be long-lived and will continue to evolve for decades in the cellar. An inspired selection for the most memorable occasions, savor the wine on its own, or pair it with lobster, scallops, or artisanal goat cheese.
Varietal: 100% Estate-grown Chardonnay
Alcohol %: 12
Sugar (dosage): 0.9%
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