Le Rêve is a highly respected tête de cuvée - our winery’s finest Sparkling wine and frequently named America’s Best Sparkling. French for “the dream,” Le Rêve is crafted from 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, making it a pure expression of Domaine Carneros.
A classic Le Rêve with lovely notes of white ﬂowers, Meyer lemon, poached pear and a hint of grilled pineapple. The palate opens up to honeysuckle and crème brûlée. The full mouth feel leads to a very round and long ﬁnish. Delicious now, but there will be additional ﬂavor beneﬁts for those who can wait.
The summer months, which are the heart of the growing season, were dominated by a persistent marine system that provided morning fog until mid-day. The combination of cool temperatures and ample crop load produced plenty of “hang-time” and allowed maximum ﬂavor development. We brought in the last of the Chardonnay on September 22. This remarkable vintage showed power and ﬁnesse.
Food Pairing Notes
As with many great wines, 2012 Le Rêve has been crafted to be long-lived and will continue to evolve for decades in the cellar. An inspired selection for the most memorable occasions, savor the wine on its own, or pair it with lobster, scallops, or artisanal goat cheese.