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Reserve Chardonnay, 2011
Chandon is best known as one of America’s top sparkling wines. Less known is Domaine Chandon also produces limited quantities of varietal wines from our estate vineyards. These wines are crafted by drawing on experience with traditional Champagne varietals and by showcasing select parcels from our Carneros ranch, where Chandon was among the pioneering growers and vintners of the region.
The 2011 vintage was ideal for Chardonnay. The cool temperatures offered a long-time hang time, allowing the grapes to reach optimum ripeness while retaining acidity. The yields were lower with small berries that had intense fruit flavor.
Baked pears and toasty oak aromas immediately reveal the luscious flavors to come. Butterscotch, comice pear and hints of vanilla are wrapped in a supple structure. The warm, ripe fruit flavors linger on the long finish.
Slow-roasted duck legs or pork shoulder will complement the richness of our Reserve Chardonnay. Seafood dishes such as halibut with a lemon-butter sauce, a salad with grilled shrimp, arugula and spiced pepitas would also be terrific matches with this wine.