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 six 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.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2009 vintage
93 Points
Wine Spectator Insider
2009 vintage
Harvest Note
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.
Tasting Note
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.
Food Pairing
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.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.10
ACIDITY: 0.7g/100ml
ABV: 12.4%
DOSAGE: 0.95%
Unique Selling Points
  • 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

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.
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