Monday, September 5, 2011

Ben's Bubbly: Domaine Chandon étoile Rosé

Everyone who has kids always tells new parents to savor the moments with your children because they grow up so fast. It truly is amazing how fast they grow up. At not even five months old, he is rolling over, sitting up and now is getting his first teeth! He has been drooling like a Saint Bernard puppy the past few weeks and putting everything he can reach into his mouth. Lo and behold, he has one tooth popped through and another on its way. Before I know it, his beautiful toothless smiles will no longer exist. :( Nevertheless, just like fine wine, he keeps getting better with age.

Breaking our streak of nonvintage Champagne, we popped the top off of a California bubbly with French lineage. However, the top of this bottle was closed with a crown cap (like on a beer bottle) and not a cork. I've seen this enclosure on cheaper Prosecco, but not on higher end sparklers. The wine inside was still good, so I did not care what was used to seal the bottle.

Domaine Chandon étoile Rosé

While I assume that the wine juice in this wine is from multiple vintages, the bottle states that the wine was bottled in 2001 and then was aged five years before dégorgement. The fruit was sourced from Mendocino (61%), Napa (21%) and Sonoma (19%) counties. The wine is orange/copper in color, almost the same color as a brand new penny. Exceptionally fine bubbles ferociously fill the glass as fruity aromas waft from the glass. Scents of guava, mango, papaya and mixed berries make you feel like you're relaxing on a tropical beach. The same topical fruits along with strawberry, kiwi, rosehips and hibiscus make this wine taste like an awesome fruit salad. Unfortunately, the finish is rather short and a bit flat. A touch more acidity would make this an excellent wine. 12% abv Purchased $34. Very Good

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