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Carneros Vintage Brut, 2007
Aging Profile: Minimum of 3 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 in Carneros, the site of our largest vineyard planting.
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.
The 2007 growing season was ideal for sparkling wine and the Carneros Vintage Brut is marked by excellent acidity. On the nose truffle notes open the wine and soften revealing toffee aromas and the scent of custard.
Creamy and crisp on the palatte, this sparkling vintage would enhance the natural flavors of any seafood dish while the body and balance of the wine would be an excellent pair to carpaccio, tartare and sashimi. The Carneros Vintage Brut is an excellent match to a wide variety of food.
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