Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs 2014
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 2014 vintage was characterized by a smooth and uneventful growing season that produced wines of exceptional quality and energy. A deluge of rain in February meant we entered the growing season with saturated soils and a full water table. Summer saw a normal daily cycle of marine fog that would burn off by mid-day. July was marked by moderate consistent temperatures and harvest kicked off on August 8th. Continuing moderate August weather allowed the time necessary to pick the grapes at their optimum ripeness, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.
On the nose: The classic Le Rêve captivates with lovely notes of honeysuckle, lime blossoms, grilled pineapple, brioche, and a hint of ginger.
On the palate: Opens up to honeycomb, yuzu, and notes of a fresh baked lemon pie. This wine displays depth and purity that leads to a long, elegant finish. As with many great wines, 2014 Le Rêve has been crafted to be long-lived and will continue to evolve for decades in the cellar. Delicious now, but there will be additional benefits for those who can wait.
An inspired selection for the most memorable occasions, savor the wine on its own, pair it with fresh lobster, sea scallops with yuzu sauce, crab stuffed ravioli, zucchini risotto with cherry tomatoes and burrata, or with artisanal goat, double or triple-cream cheeses.