Finally made it to @domainecarneros after a 13 mile, stunningly beautiful bike ride (check out my story on Instagram @amateur_oenophile for footage). 🚴 🚴
It was worth the effort - we’re in for a treat. 🙌 The grounds and château are beautiful. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular tasting location. 👍👍
Here we have a flight of:
-the Single Vineyard Sparkling, crisp, lean, with bright acidity and mineral notes,
-the Blanc de Blancs comprised of 83% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Gris, offering more ripe tropical and citrus fruit notes along with pie crust,
-the Late Disgorged Rosé, which is rich and creamy and offers raspberry, strawberry, toasted almond, brioche notes, and
-Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs, the tête de cuvée made from 100% Chardonnay offering additional floral and honeycomb notes. The tête de cuvée was aged 8 years in the barrel prior to the second, bottle fermentation.
Cheers 🥂🍾 — 14 days ago
2018 vintage in 5/3/2021. Over the top (amazing) classic Chardonnay with straw and clean dry fruit. Up there with the best — 4 days ago
Wonderful Chardonnay, bright and sweet with hints of melon. Nice vanilla finish, not too buttery. — 5 days ago
Pear, orange peel, and nice tropical fruits that I could not pinpoint on the nose. Hint of roasted almond too. Fresh acidity complements the plush palate really well. A bit chalky mineral on the finish.
The juicy from this Lot One bottling is mainly from the Gran Val estate vineyard, but sees less oak treatment (10 month 25% new French oak barrel vs 14 month 100% new) compared to the Gran Val bottling. And I think this about right - round and textured without being buttery.
— 22 days ago
Another good mystery box selection. Liked this one more than the first time we had it. Light and still with some oak notes. 2014 vintage is interesting to have. — 5 days ago