Before a sparkling wine earns the right to feature its vintage on the label, it must be aged in the bottle for three years. Our Late Disgorged Brut goes well beyond that strict requirement with a total of six years aging sur lie en bouteille - on the lees, in the bottle. The result is an enhanced, enriched edition of our acclaimed Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée.
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The summer months, which are the heart of the growing season, were dominated by a persistent marine system that provided morning fog until mid-day. The combination of cool temperatures and ample crop load produced plenty of “hang-time” and allowed maximum flavor development. We started harvesting Pinot Noir on August 20, and brought in the last Chardonnay on September 22. Both varieties showed power and finesse in this remarkable vintage.
Intriguing notes of candied almonds, poached pear, stone fruit mead and honeysuckle on the nose lead to a plush, interlaced palate of grilled pineapple, lychee, toasted macadamia nuts, shortbread and crème brûlée that echo through a lingering finish.
We recommend pairing it with rich double and triple cream or goat cheeses. Perfect with just a few toasted nuts, it will also enhance simple to complex meals. Oysters, poultry and even meat dishes work well and we suggest trying it with Asian cuisine.
Varietal: 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay
Alcohol %: 12.
Sugar (dosage): 0.80%
The first obligation of wine is to be delicious.Eileen Crane, CEO/Founding Winemaker