Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier Carneros 2001
étoile Rosé is limited to 6 bottles per customer. PHILOSOPHY étoile ROSÉ combines the forward fruit of a red wine and the elegant structure of a white. In keeping with the traditional rosé winemaking method, a small amount of Pinot Noir is added prior to tirage, or second fermentation, to create the deliciously distinctive color. Coveted by the most passionate connoisseurs for its unique character and limited availability, étoile ROSÉ sparkles with brilliant salmon color, bold yet refined berry flavors and excellent richness and length. This cuvée of étoile ROSÉ rested for 5 years on the yeast, evolving graciously to be enjoyed when released and for years to come. TASTING NOTES * Rich, yet elegant aroma of plum, dark cherry fruit, nutmeg and cocoa. * Bold, yet refined palate with persistent flavors of raspberry and French toast. FOOD AND WINE PAIRING Winemaker Tom Tiburzi and Chef Chris Manning suggest serving it with foie gras, entrees with rich cream sauces, lobster, veal and simple desserts such as créme brûlée. For even more fun, try this wine on a romantic picnic. Appellation: Mendocino/Napa/Sonoma Counties Composition: Chardonay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Aging Profile: Aged sur lees since 2001 Style: Brut Rosé Limited to 1 case per order.
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.
I just opened this bottle (it is now Fall 2008) and I have to say that this wine is drinking a lot better than I imagined. Pinot Meunier is the quiet grape in the blend of grapes used in Champagne and it's known for being an early maturing and drinking young type of grape. This bottle is seven years old and it is fascinating to drink right now. There is a bit of an earthiness to it and layers of black fruit and what is that...? menthol? and cinnamon? cooking spices? The body on this wine is actually quite light as well.
External Reviews for Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier Carneros
Wine Enthusiast ReviewReleased at the same time as Chandon's 2000 Etoile, this is built along the same elegant, classic lines, but it's younger. fresher and, being a rose, quite a bit richer in fruit. In fact, it's extraordinarily delicious, a melange of sorbets ranging from raspberry, cherry and peach to lime and vanilla. The finish is crisp and clean. Should hang in there through the decade.Wine Tasting NotesIn keeping with the traditional rose winemaking method, we add a small amount of red wine (Pinot Noir) prior to tirage to create the distinctive salmon color with copper hues. The wine's aromas are rich and complex - floral notes with Santa Rosa plum, raspberry and nutmeg. These aromas follow through on the palate and are layered with candied ginger and pomegranate flavors, evolving into truffle, cocoa and earthy tones. The wine finishes with excellent length and richness that will stand up to a variety of foods.