Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs 2009
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Inspired by Champagne Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, yet its own reflection of its Carneros terroir, Domaine Carneros’ luxury tête-de-cuvée is crafted from five organically grown estate clones of Chardonnay. The wine is made using the traditional method of Champagne, and is aged in the bottle a tremendous five to six years sur lie before release.
Ultimate Wine Challenge2009 vintage
Wine Spectator2009 vintage
The 2009 vintage had near perfect growing conditions, one that has been referred to in the past as the "vintage of the decade". Excellent flavor concentration was apparent early in the wine making process.
This is a classic Le Rêve with lovely notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, light citrus overlaid with a light toasty note. The palate opens up to poached pear, hints of ginger and toasted almonds. The creaminess on the palate leads to a long finish with a touch of caramel on the end. Delicious now, this wine also has great aging potential.
Savor this wine on its own or pair it with fresh crab, lobster, scallops, fish or poultry, or with artisanal goat, double- or triple-cream cheeses.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
points of distinction
- The winery’s tête-de-cuvée, a luxury Blanc de Blancs (made only from white grapes) crafted from five estate-grown clones of Chardonnay
- 100% Carneros fruit, 100% estate grown
- Made with the traditional method of Champagne
- Aged for a minimum of five and a half years on the lees—a time commitment given to only the finest sparkling wines
vineyard details +
Domaine Carneros Estate Vineyard
The Domaine Carneros Estate Vineyard, first planted in 1981, extends up a slope rising to a crest overlooking San Francisco and San Pablo Bay, with an elevation of 120 to 260 feet above sea level. Its superb mesoclimate, characterized by a long, cool growing season tempered by the maritime breezes and persistent fogs of the coast, is the perfect environment for the classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties of Champagne. The Estate Vineyard primarily contributes to the sparkling wine cuvées.
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
– Eileen Crane, CEO and Founding Winemaker
“The Taittingers and I both believe that Blanc de Blancs, made from superlative vineyards, are the greatest, and longest-lived of all sparkling wines. We age our Le Rêve (French for the dream) five to six years before release. Taste the depth of flavor and extraordinarily long finish.”