Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs 2012
Grapes: 100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
Inspired by Champagne Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, yet its own reflection of Carneros terroir, Domaine Carneros’ luxury tête-de-cuvée is crafted from five sustainably grown estate clones of Chardonnay. The wine is made using the traditional method of Champagne and is aged in bottle for five to six years sur lie before release.
Wine Enthusiast2012 vintage
Wine Spectator2012 vintage
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. The last of the Chardonnay was brought in on September 22. This remarkable vintage showed both power and ﬁnesse.
A classic Le Rêve with lovely notes of white ﬂowers, Meyer lemon, poached pear and a hint of grilled pineapple. 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.
Delicious with double or triple cream cheeses, fish, shellfish and poultry.
GRAPES: 100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
ACIDITY: 0.74 g/l
AGING: Aged for a minimum of five and a half years on the lees.
points of distinction
- Crafted from five, sustainable, estate-grown clones of Chardonnay
- 100% estate grown, Carneros fruit
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.”