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.
Richness and complexity begin on the nose, with bounding aromas of lemon zest, green apple, toasted almonds, and macadamia nut. The palate is round and full, revealing poached pear, crisp apple, yuzu, honeydew melon, and pie crust with a toasty finish that lingers on the palate, begging for another sip. This winery exclusive has been aged to perfection yet will enjoy additional evolution in the cellar over the next decade.
In 2017, Carneros was gifted with its 3rd wettest winter in 125 years, refilling reservoirs and aquifers that had been depleted in the previous drought years. Happy vines developed healthy canopies which tempered the higher-than-average temperatures and brief heat spikes that characterized the growing season. Harvest began on August 7th, a fairly typical start date in Carneros. The resulting wines show beautiful depth, concentration, and freshness.
Food Pairing Notes
We recommend pairing with rich triple cream or goat cheeses. Perfect with just a few toasted nuts, it will also enhance simple to complex meals. Oysters and shellfish dishes work well, and we suggest trying it with Asian cuisine.