By Kori ~ October 19th, 2011.
Founded in 1987 by Champagne Taittinger of France in partnership with Kobrand Corporation, Domaine Carneros is located in the heart of Carneros in Californiaâ€™s Napa Valley. Claude Taittinger, the president of Champagne Taittinger, began searching for a site to open a winery in the United States in the late 1970â€™s. He selected a site in the Carneros AVA because he believed that it had the potential to produce world-class sparkling wines. Domaine Carneros sources 95% of their fruit from estate vineyards, and all of their wines are labeled with the Carneros appellation. Eileen Crane is the wineryâ€™s first and only winemaker.
Calling upon Taittingerâ€™s knowledge of producing quality Champagne in France, Domaine Carneros has established itself as a world-class sparkling wine house in the United States. Domaine Carneros produces three styles of sparkling wine: Brut, Brut RosÃ©, and Blanc de Blancs. Recently, we had the opportunity to taste their Brut RosÃ© CuvÃ©e de la Pompadour in a blind samples tasting. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this Brut RosÃ© is excellent and a great representation of the quality sparkling wine that Domaine Carneros produces.
The Domaine Carneros Brut RosÃ© CuvÃ©e de la Pompadour is named for Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, who is credited with introducing Champagne to the court at Versailles.
â€œChampagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful.â€ â€“Madame de Pompadour, namesake of the Domaine Carneros Brut RosÃ© CuvÃ©e de la Pompadour
So when you are selecting sparkling wines to enjoy during the rapidly approaching holidays, I encourage you to give Domaine Carneros, and particularly this Brut RosÃ©, a try. And if you are ever in the Napa Valley, consider a visit to their beautiful chateau.
NV Domaine Carneros Brut RosÃ© CuvÃ©e de la Pompadour (Carneros, Napa Valley, California): 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. Pale pinkish salmon color. Small, fairly fast bead of bubbles. Very aromatic with strawberry, peach, and floral notes on the nose. Strawberry, raspberry, citrus notes, and a hint of spice come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $35; Available elsewhere, $28 to $50
Filed under: American Wine, California Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Rose Wine, Sparkling Wine, Wines Over $25