The Vintage Brut Cuvée is the signature wine of Domaine Carneros. It encompasses the widest range of estate clones and vineyard blocks of the winery’s collection. The resulting tapestry of flavors 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.

91 Points
2019 vintage
93 Points
Wine Spectator
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 growing season started with saturated soils thanks to abundant winter and spring rains. Cooler weather throughout the summer meant plenty of time for flavors and aromatics to develop, and an early heat spike in August helped push the ample crop of grapes to full maturity, with a harvest start date of August 15. The continuing heat of August resulted in a fast and furious sparkling harvest. The wines that resulted have a focused elegance on the palate that finishes with bright acidity.
Tasting Note
On the nose, this wine displays lovely notes of honey, pear and lemon zest with a hint of light toastiness. The palate reveals nuances of baked apple, almond paste, and brioche that complement the nose.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 54% Pinot Noir, 44% Chardonnay, and 2% Pinot Gris
PH: 3.10
ACIDITY: 0.76g/100ml
ABV: 12.0%
DOSAGE: 0.90%
AGING: Aged a over three years in our cellar to enhance complexity
Unique Selling Points
  • Made primarily from estate-grown, green certified Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes
  • Bottle aged for more than 3 years, yielding a toasty aroma and fine, pinpoint bubbles
  • With proper cellaring, this wine will develop further for decades

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.
Pinot Noir
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
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