The inspiration for Domaine Carneros took shape in 1947 when Claude Taittinger discovered the alluring natural beauty of northern California during his extended travels as a young student. Champagne Taittinger is a long-established grande marque with roots dating back to 1734 and is today one of the last remaining privately-held Champagne firms. As President of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques de Champagne, Claude Taittinger was well aware that increasing worldwide demand for superior quality méthode champenoise sparkling wines would eventually exceed those supplied by Champagne alone. The region’s maximum potential 90,000 acres of vineyards were then nearing full development, without further possibility of expansion. Champagne Taittinger had already proven its acumen outside the Champagne region through the success of its Loire Valley sparkling wine subsidiary, Bouvet-Ladubay. Claude Taittinger recognized that the Carneros appellation would yield grapes of outstanding character, suitable for producing world-class sparkling wines.
This cuvée has aromas of meadow flowers, pears and citrus peel enhanced with hints of toasted nuts, vanilla and spice. The wine is elegantly structured, round and flavorful with the long creamy finish that is the hallmark of Domaine Carneros wines.