Michel-Schlumberger extra dry sparkling wine is crafted from grapes grown at our Benchland Estate Vineyard in Sonoma County. This sparkling wine was produced by inducing in-bottle secondary fermentaion and a minimum of 12 months of aging using the traditional methode champenoise to create the tiny bubbles and complex flavors. It will continue to develop as it ages.
A perfect and luxurious pairing with freshly shucked oysters, caviar, and other elegant seafood. Also delicious with little madeleines or financiers (little almond cakes) at a garden party.
The grapes used to make this Brut sparkling wine are all from our estate vineyard at Michel-Schlumberger.
These grapes were picked in the 2018 vintage. Moderate summer and fall temperatures allowed the grapes to retain bright fruit flavors.
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain the fruit flavors. No malo-lactic fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was settled then blended into this cuvée.
Cooperage / Aging: The cuvée was bottled with a dosage of special sparkling wine yeast and allowed to ferment in the bottle. Aged for 14 months “on the yeast” in the bottle, the wine develops the classic rich texture and refined “sparkle” that comes from this “Methode Champenoise” technique.
Disgorging Date: June 29, 2020
Production: 280 Cases
Color: Pale strawberry
Aromas: delicate floral and peach aromas
Palate: round and creamy, with elegant flavors and well-balanced crispness.
Wine Type: Estate Sparkling
Varietal: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Appellation: Estate - Dry Creek Valley
Acid: 0.73 g/100ml
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