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Yountville Vintage Brut, 2007
Aging Profile: Minimum of 2 years on the yeast
Most of Chandon’s sparkling wines are blended, non-vintage wines, designed to reflect a consistent style year to year. With this Vintage Appellation Series, we choose to create distinctive wines to showcase the unique qualities of a particular growing season from each of our vineyard appellations: Yountville, Mt. Veeder and Carneros. With this release of 2007 Vintage Brut we showcase the fruit grown here in Yountville, the location of Domaine Chandon Winery.
A relatively cold winter with several deep frosts combined with lower than normal rainfall contributed to a light crop in 2007. Grape clusters weighed less than average and had uneven berry sizing. The summer and fall temperatures were moderately cool until a heat spike in late August and early September caused the smaller clusters of grapes to ripen quickly to the point of maturity for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Lower crop yields and smaller berries have resulted in finished wines that have excellent structure, intensity and concentration of flavors.
Complex aromas are again layered in this vintage with warm notes of baking spice, cola and salted caramel greeting the nose. A distinctively rich and creamy mouthfeel combine with good acidity and leads to a lingering finish that reveals apple and pear flavors and hints of yeast on the palate.
The full-bodied structure and elegant balance in the wine make it a versatile option for a variety of foods. Classic dishes from Caesar salad, grilled chicken and sweet or savory tarts to the unique flavors in lamb tartare and grilled tempura would showcase the excellent range and complexity of this wine.