Saturday, March 10, 2012

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2005 “Le Reve”

This Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine from Domaine Carneros is indeed a dream come true. We sampled it at our recent Open That Bottle Night and I wanted to spotlight this fine wine on its own.

Champagne Taittinger is a long-established winemaker with roots dating back to 1734 and is today one of the last remaining privately-held Champagne firms. Claude Taittinger had the dream of using the ideal Carneros growing climate to produce an ultra-premium sparkling wine in California. He had discovered the allure of California during his extended travels as a student.

Carneros offers cool nights, foggy mornings, and sunny, breezy days bringing forth fruit of extraordinary elegance, complexity, and intensity.

Le Reve is produced in very limited quantities and is aged a minimum of six years prior to release. The wine is completed strictly according to the méthode champenoise, with the process taking place in Domaine Carneros' cellars, carved into the hillside beneath the winery.

This is a wine that is deep and light at the same time. It has citrus and mineral aromas. On the palate there is an appealing mix of biscuit, stone and fruit flavor notes with just a touch of sweetness. The froth gives a creaminess that remains uplifting.

It’s a classy wine that retails for about $95 and ranks with the best sparkling wine and Champagne I’ve ever enjoyed.

Rating: 5 of 5

Full disclosure: We received this wine as a sample.
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