Chandon Brut Classic

Region California, United States
Category Sparkling
Brand Domaine Chandon

Vineyard
Sourcing grapes from multiple cool-climate sites, Chandon maintains its French heritage by using traditional Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, in its cuvées.

Vintage
Chandon non-vintage sparkling wines are made with lots of wines from multiple vintages. Our Brut Classic is blended with reserve wines from prior harvests.

Vinification
Grapes were gently pressed, fermented into wine, blended and bottled along with yeast and sugar to start the second fermentation that makes méthode traditionnelle wines effervescent. After aging, the wine is clarified by riddling, a process which moves the yeast sediment to the neck of the bottle. The necks are frozen, and the yeast is expelled in a process called disgorgement. To balance the acidity before applying the cork, each bottle is topped off with a small amount of liqueur, sugar dissolved in reserve wine, also known as the dosage. The wine is then aged at least six additional months before release.

APPELLATION: California
COMPOSITION: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
AGING PROFILE: At least 1 year sur lie
COCKTAILS: Summer Fizz, Spiced Apple Punch

Tasting Notes
Brut Classic consistently expresses our signature flavor profile of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas with a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish.

In 1973, Domaine Chandon became the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in the United States. But Chandon’s beginnings date back to 1690 with the father of champagne. A Benedictine monk and cellar-master at the Abbey of Hautvillers, named Dom Pérignon, set out to unlock the secret of sparkling wine and ultimately developed the traditional champagne method.

The Abbey of Hautvillers was purchased by Moët & Chandon who named their prestige cuvée, Dom Pérignon, in honor of the Benedictine monk. Claude Moët, a Dutchman by origin, founded the house of Moët in Champagne, France in 1743.

Expansion to the United States did not begin until 1968 when Moët & Chandon started searching for the world’s next great sparkling wine region. In 1973 Moët-Hennessy (a partnership formed in 1971 between Moët & Chandon and cognac producer Hennessy) sought prime growing locations in Napa Valley. They found it at Mt. Veeder, Carneros – a virtually undiscovered region cooled by bay breezes – and the Yountville location Domaine Chandon now calls home. The founders planted vineyards and designed an architectural and ecological winery that blends into its surroundings and reflects Chandon’s legacy of excellence. Its first sparkling wine was released in 1976 and in 1977 the Visitor Center opened its doors. Chandon’s pioneering legacy continued, being the first to introduce smaller containers to preserve delicate grapes during harvest, the first California winery to use Pinot Meunier in its sparkling wines, and in 1977, the first to bring fine dining to Napa Valley.

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