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 sparkling wine is very expressive now and is destined to be a long-lived classic. Generous aromas of white flowers, baked pear, and lemon curd tempt the palate. Tastes of white fruit, ginger, crème brûlée and a grace note of toasted nuts from the long aging are followed by a remarkably long silky finish.