Domaine Chandon is one of the most recommended wineries in the Napa Valley, and the only one with its own 4-star restaurant. The winery established its reputation with sparkling wines, and in 1989, the winery began crafting still wines from the classic Champagne varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
every year i treat myself to one of these (and share with friends). delicious and refreshing, it's like waking up to a breakfast of fresh gingered toast and sparkling lemonade on a spring morning.
low sweetness, high acidity,
Good wine but not great. Light golden in color with traditional (but muted) yeast and dough aromas. Good acidity with sour green apple and dough flavors. Somewhat short finish.
External Reviews for Domaine Chandon Chardonnay Carneros
With its high percentage of Champagne's third grape, Pinot Meunier, as a result of the growing conditions of 2003, this is a great wine that is developing fast. It has more toast, less fruit, although its richness and weight are finely in balance with a yeasty cookie dough character.
Moët's vintage, from the hot, low-yielding 2003 vintage, has an unusually high percentage of Pinot Meunier (43%), suggesting there is a distinct character to the year. It's certainly powerful and intense, soft initially, hinting at toast and yeast, the fruit almost sweet, even though the wine is a brut style. It is the rich strawberry flavors that's most surprising on a wine that really has integrated impressively.
So slick and clean. The best standard-vintage Moët we have tasted in years. A solid wine that marries the ripe fruit perfectly with the toastiness. Full-bodied, refined and shows a silky texture. Perfect for drinking now, but will age for years.
A bready, mushroomy bouquet announces this handsome, fairly mature vintage offering. Quite effervescent, it displays apple and toast flavors, herb and mineral accents. It's an elegant wine fairly low in acidity and not for long-term keeping, but perfect for drinking over the next two years.
Shows lots of smoky, toasty oak up front, but also a pretty core of cherry and wild berry fruit. Well-balanced, with depth and complexity. Drink now through 2005.
Dried spices, dusty earth and steely red fruit mesh well in this wine, which closes with enticing cherry and bitter chocolate notes. This wine is tasty, oh-so-smooth, and undeniably plush and seductive. Share this with someone special.
An elegant, floral style, full of verve and honey, biscuit and roasted flavors. It has that combination of freshness and maturity that creates tension between the elements, along with complexity and a fabulous finish. Drink now through 2005. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.