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Domaine Carneros - Brut Cuvee 2011


  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: California
  • Wine Area: Carneros
  • Wine Maker: Eileen Crane
  • Grape: Champagne Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.95
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
VS: 88 (2007) WS: 90 (2010) WE: 88 (2008)

Wine tasting notes

The 2010 Brut Cuvée is the signature wine of Domaine Carneros, representing 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, this wine is aged three years "sur lies en bouteille" (on the lees, in the bottle) before release, adding richness, depth and complexity. This wine is disgorged with a low dosage, just under 0.9%, balancing it just perfectly and making it delicious to enjoy on its own. This powerful yet elegant wine shows off an array of citrus flavors, tropical fruit (including pineapple and passion fruit), and a hint of toastiness. It is racy on the palate and long on finish.

Expert Reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2007)88 pts

May 12. By Stephen Tanzer. (60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay; only 2% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation): Light yellow-gold. Pear, melon and honey on the pungent nose. Juicy and broad, with sappy orchard fruit flavors braced by a tangy lemon zest nuance. Finishes with good clarity and bite, leaving a bitter citrus note behind.

Wine Spectator (2010)90 pts

June 2015 - This is sleek and precise, with lemon, blanched almond and mineral aromas and a beam of raspberry, citrus and flint flavors that slowly build richness.

Wine Enthusiast (2008)88 pts

Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it’s a little scouring and rough, but it shows dry sparkling wine flavors of doughy yeast, strawberries, vanilla and toast. — S.H. (11/1/2012)

Vinification Notes

The highly praised 2007 vintage began very early with bud break in the vineyards occurring mid-March. The crop was small and cluster size small hence only 2% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.