Wine Maker Notes
While Domaine Chandon is best known as one of America's top sparkling wine houses, we also produce limited quantities of varietal wines from estate grown vineyards. We craft these wines by drawing on our experience with the traditional champagne varieties and by showcasing select parcels from our Carneros ranch, where we were among the pioneering growers of this appellation. The Carneros terrain is of well-drained rolling hills and a cool climate due to the influence of nearby San Pablo Bay. This is perfect Pinot Noir country from which Domaine Chandon has been crafting small quantities of this varietal since 1996.
In our varietal wine program, we aim to reflect the unique elements of Carneros. Starting with our highest quality fruit, we develop wines of complexity and intrigue that are rich and supple on the palate and exhibit a brightness of fruit. Prior to the 2000 vintage, these wines were available only at the winery. With the 2000 vintage, Domaine Chandon proudly introduced our varietal wines to selected fine dining establishments and fine wine retailers across the country.
Domaine Chandon's Winemaker Wayne Donaldson suggests serving our Pinot Noir with roasted meats and poultry, duck confit, semi-hard cheeses such as Parmesan, and dishes rich in earthy flavors like those with wild mushrooms.