Our popular Estate Brut Cuvee in a 1.5 liter format is ideal for small dinner parties and events. 1.5L will pour approximately ten 5 oz. glasses. Domaine Carneros Brut Sparkling cuvée represents the best of Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a classic sparkling wine. The term “Brut” refers to the dryness, or sugar level, of the wine: less than 15 grams of residual sugar per liter. To earn its distinction as a vintage dated sparkling wine, it is aged three years sur lies en bouteille (on the lees, in the bottle) before release, adding richness, depth and complexity.
This very focused and elegant wine displays lovely aromas of green apple, macadamia nut, honeycomb, and yuzu. The palate features pear, quince and lychee. This wine is full, rich and round, with all of the usual signatures of our Estate fruit. The lingering, long finish is another trademark of this wine’s character.
2016 Harvest was a very nice, high quality vintage. We had a very mild growing season with lower than average temperatures in June and July, and very few heat spikes. This allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and consistently providing optimum flavor and development at harvest.
Food Pairing Notes
Savor this vintage Brut on its own, or enjoy its pairing versatility with oysters, fish and shellfish, poultry, most Asian cuisine and even rich cheeses.