Before a sparkling wine earns the right to feature its vintage on the label, it must be aged in the bottle for three years. Our Late Disgorged Brut goes well beyond that strict requirement with a total of six years aging sur lie en bouteille - on the lees, in the bottle. The result is an enhanced, enriched edition of our acclaimed Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée.
A select blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this voluminous, beautifully integrated wine displays all the intricacy and harmony of our Carneros estate fruit. The nose offers enticing notes of toasted macadamia nut, grilled pineapple, honeysuckle and orange marmalade. Round and full in the mouth, flavors of baked pear, lemon tart, apple pie and lychee ride on balancing acidity through a lingering finish. Late disgorgement lends additional depth and nuance.
We started harvesting on August 8. A cooler August allowed us the time necessary to pick the grapes at their optimum ripeness. The varieties, although low yielding, showed excellent concentration.
Food Pairing Notes
We recommend pairing it with rich double and triple cream or goat cheeses. Perfect with just a few toasted nuts, it will also enhance simple to complex meals. Oysters, poultry and even meat dishes work well and we suggest trying it with Asian cuisine.