Inspired by Champagne Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, yet its own reflection of Carneros terroir, Domaine Carneros’ luxury tête-de-cuvée is crafted from six 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.
2012 vintage
93 Points
Wine Spectator
2012 vintage
Harvest Note
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.
Tasting Note
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.
Food Pairing
Delicious with double or triple cream cheeses, fish, shellfish and poultry.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Estate Grown Chardonnay
PH: 3.2
ACIDITY: 0.74 g/l
ABV: 11.8%
DOSAGE: 0.9%
AGING: Aged for a minimum of five and a half years on the lees.
Unique Selling Points
  • Crafted from five, sustainable, estate-grown clones of Chardonnay
  • 100% estate grown, Carneros fruit

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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