Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs 2012
Le Rêve is a highly respected tête de cuvée – the winery’s finest Sparkling wine and frequently named America’s Best Sparkling. French for “the dream,” Le Rêve is crafted from 100% estate grown Chardonnay, making it a pure expression of Domaine Carneros.
The summer months, which are the heart of the growing season, were dominated by a persistent marine system that provided morning fog until mid-day. The combination of cool temperatures and ample crop load produced plenty of “hang-time” and allowed maximum flavor development. This remarkable vintage shows power and finesse.
A classic Le Rêve with lovely notes of white flowers, Meyer lemon, poached pear and a hint of grilled pineapple. The palate opens up to honeysuckle and crème brûlée. The full mouth feel leads to a very round and long finish. Delicious now, but there will be additional flavor benefits for those who can wait.
As with many great wines, 2012 Le Rêve has been crafted to be long-lived and will continue to evolve for decades in the cellar. An inspired selection for the most memorable occasions, savor the wine on its own, pair it with fresh crab, lobster, scallops, fish or poultry, or with artisanal goat, double or triple-cream cheeses.