Domaine Carneros Champagne Blend Carneros Brut 2002

External Review by Appellation America:

When Claude Taittinger invested in a knoll-top property at the junction of Highway 121 and Duhig Road, the Carneros district had long since established itself as a superb cool-climate growing region with the capacity to make great sparkling wine. At the time, the name Carneros was anything but a household name, and it was fortunate that he was able to trademark the name of the region within the name of the house Domaine Carneros. Here Eileen Crane (ex of Domaine Chandon and Gloria Ferrer) would be invested with the responsibility of making a classic bubbly.What Crane already knew was the true specialness of this region’s ability to grow structured and aromatic Chardonnay that lends a distinctive fruit character to sparkling wines where the cuvee is dominated with Pinot Noir. This wine thus is a brilliant synthesis of both varieties, with the Chardonnay adding a fresh citrusy note to the first aroma you smell, but more prolonged exposure to the aroma shows not only the burnished Pinot Noir, but also the maturity the wine so desperately needed when it was released nearly a year ago. Domaine Carneros bubblies are indubitably drinkable on release, but count them among the few California sparkling wines that are better for time in bottle. This is a special wine to consider with dinner, not just for special occasions. Indeed, serving it with a meal makes that repast a special occasion! One bonus here is a dosage level that’s a tad higher than some sparkling wines, so it should serve well as an accompaniment to Thai food.

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Domaine Carneros:
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger. Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines. The main château and terrace are open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. The last se... Read more
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger. Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines. The main château and terrace are open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. The last service of the day is at 5:45 p.m. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please see our Visit Us section for information on daily tours. Read less

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06/09/2007

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External Reviews for Domaine Carneros Champagne Blend Carneros Brut

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

When Claude Taittinger invested in a knoll-top property at the junction of Highway 121 and Duhig Road, the Carneros district had long since established itself as a superb cool-climate growing region with the capacity to make great sparkling wine. At the time, the name Carneros was anything but a household name, and it was fortunate that he was able to trademark the name of the region within the name of the house Domaine Carneros. Here Eileen Crane (ex of Domaine Chandon and Gloria Ferrer) would be invested with the responsibility of making a classic bubbly.What Crane already knew was the true specialness of this region’s ability to grow structured and aromatic Chardonnay that lends a distinctive fruit character to sparkling wines where the cuvee is dominated with Pinot Noir. This wine thus is a brilliant synthesis of both varieties, with the Chardonnay adding a fresh citrusy note to the first aroma you smell, but more prolonged exposure to the aroma shows not only the burnished Pinot Noir, but also the maturity the wine so desperately needed when it was released nearly a year ago. Domaine Carneros bubblies are indubitably drinkable on release, but count them among the few California sparkling wines that are better for time in bottle. This is a special wine to consider with dinner, not just for special occasions. Indeed, serving it with a meal makes that repast a special occasion! One bonus here is a dosage level that’s a tad higher than some sparkling wines, so it should serve well as an accompaniment to Thai food.




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