Champagne & Sparkling


  • Chandon was originally founded by world-renowned Champagne house Moët & Chandon in 1973, but it has been making a name for itself with its still and sparkling wines ever since. Chandon has two separate winemaking teams each led by winemakers who are experts in their respective styles. All Chandon wines are made with the three traditional Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, using both estate-grown fruit as well as grapes sourced from other top vineyards in the Carneros and Napa Valleys.
    Sustainability forms the core of Chandon’s practices in the vineyards and in the winery.

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  • Chandon produces California's best Champagne-style sparkling wines and still wines using the three traditional Champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Its properties in Carneros, Yountville, Mount Veeder and Lakeville span over 1,300 acres composed of 64 vineyard blocks in the Carneros and Napa Valleys of northern California.

    Chandon is the United States expansion project of renowned Champagne house Moët & Chandon. In 1968, Moët & Chandon partnered with Cognac-producer Hennessy and began searching for prime vineyard properties in California. John Wright (Chandon President) and LVMH chairman Count Robert Jean de Vogüe founded Chandon in 1973 and the first Chandon vineyards were planted in 1974. The most important of these vineyards are in Carneros, where Chandon owns 900 acres of vineyard property, making it the largest landowner in the region.

    Grapes for the wines also come from: a substantial ranch in Yountville that surrounds the Chandon winery and Visitors Center; 200 acres on Mount Veeder planted to Chardonnay; and 100 acres in Lakeville. Chandon was the first producer to plant Pinot Meunier in Napa. Grapes purchased from neighboring growers supplement the fruit from the estate vineyards. Each block is farmed, treated, and harvested independently.

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  • The following will give you an idea of the characteristics of Chandon's main vineyards.

    - Superb growing region for traditional Champagne varietals.
    - Spans the southernmost tips of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
    - Coastal setting cooled by nearby San Pablo Bay and clay-dominated soils result in lower yields and more developed fruit flavors.
    - Sustainably farmed.
    - Chandon pioneered the region and is the largest landholder with its 900-acre ranch.

    - Prized 70-acre hilltop vineyard.
    - Elevation of 1,800 ft, just above the fog line, remains cool throughout the growing season.
    - Cool climate vineyards yield fruit that is high in acidity and concentrated in flavor - Perfect combination for exceptional Chardonnay.
    - Ideal for Chandon's non-vintage prestige cuvée, étoile.

    - Well-drained and slightly sandy soils bearing concentrated, rich fruit.
    - Select vineyards planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, earmarked for the rich, robust style of our Reserve Varietal sparkling wines.

    Chandon is committed to sustainable farming and viticultural practices. The philosophy in the vineyard is ultimately to ensure that the land receives as much as it gives. The natural habitat is replenished, reducing the need for pesticides and herbicides by planting nutrient-rich cover crops and creating an environment for beneficial insects like ladybugs and praying mantis to manage the population of unwanted insects. Chandon uses recycled water throughout the vineyards. Biodiversity is another focus of work in the vineyards, enriching the sites by providing a habitat for a number of different native plants and animal species, notably owls and raptors. For detection of harmful insects, Chandon employs a number of ‘sniffer' dogs who allow the winery to take a proactive stance to protect vineyards.

    Chandon has long been on the cutting edge of wetland conservation, with a full-time soil engineer on staff, working to combat erosion.

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  • Chandon has two distinct winemaking teams, one for sparkling wines and one for still, each led by winemakers who are experts in their respective styles.

    Sparkling Wines
    Chandon uses Champagne's méthode traditionelle to create each of its sparkling cuvées. Once the grapes are pressed, the must (pulp) is inoculated with yeast and undergoes a seven-day fermentation to create base wines. About 20% of these wines undergo malolactic fermentation - a process which converts a wine’s tart-tasting malic acids into softer-tasting lactic acids, conferring more buttery flavors to a finished wine.

    Then, the sparkling winemaking team blends as many as 100 unique base wines from 50 vineyards. To help maintain consistency from vintage to vintage, 10-20% of reserve wines from previous vintages are included in these blends. The blended wines then go through secondary fermentation in the bottle, whereby the carbon dioxide that naturally occurs during fermentation and ageing stages is trapped inside each bottle, steps essential to giving each bottle of sparkling Chandon its millions of bubbles! Chandon's signature house style is well-balanced with a luscious mouth feel and a long, fresh finish.

    Still Wines
    Chandon's still wine program utilizes the same grape varieties used in the sparkling wines (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) but also sources grapes from the Russian River Valley and Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County.

    For Chandon's Chardonnay bottlings, the grapes are treated to partial whole cluster pressing - a process which helps to reduce tart malic acids in a resulting wine - and fermentation is begun in tank before being transferred to French oak casks. One-quarter of the production undergoes malolactic fermentation.

    Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are cold macerated prior to fermentation in open-top fermenters with three pumpovers per day - all technical steps to yield more fruit-forward, fresher tasting wines. These wines are aged in French oak one year before release. Chandon is one of the only producers in the U.S. that makes single-varietal bottlings of Pinot Meunier.

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  • Chandon Brut Classic
    Chandon Brut Classic offers balance and elegance in a classic brut style. Nutty flavors and complex apple and pear characteristics are accented by hints of citrus spice and brioche. The flavors build to a refreshing, dry finish.

    Tasting Notes: Classic balance typifies this refreshingly soft, yet dry wine. Taste should reveal nutty flavors with hints of brioche that build to a dry finish. The wine delivers complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus spice over notes of almond and caramel in the bouquet.

    Food Pairings: Chandon Brut Classic makes an excellent accompaniment to salty, creamy foods like fried calamari, oysters and sushi.

    Technical Data:
    31% Pinot Noir
    67% Chardonnay
    2% Pinot Meunier
    Minimum of 12 months on the yeast

    Chandon Blanc de Noirs
    Chandon Blanc de Noirs introduces aromas and flavors of wild cherry, currant and strawberry. These vibrant red fruit flavors are balanced with lively acidity and a soft lingering, creamy texture.

    Tasting Notes: Chandon Blanc de Noirs is characteristically a delicate salmon color. Dark cherry, currant and strawberry dominate both aroma and flavor with hints of cassis and blackberry. These red fruit flavors build in the mid-palate and finish with a soft, lingering, creamy texture.

    Food Pairings: This versatile wine goes well with food tastes ranging across Southwestern, Mexican and Asian cuisines.

    Technical Data:
    77% Pinot Noir
    14% Chardonnay
    9% Pinot Meunier
    Minimum of 12 months on the yeast

    Chandon Rosé
    Chandon Sparkling Rosé is our newest sparkling wine and features a soft, slightly dry, fruit-forward style with vibrant strawberry, plum and red currant flavors accented by a background of apple and pear notes packaged in a clear bottle to showcase its captivating vibrant pink color.

    Tasting Notes: This stylish Rosé has vibrant fresh berry and plum aromas with a hint of apple and pear. Its complexity comes from a small amount of Pinot Noir base wine that lends it a vibrant pink color as well as structure in the mouthfeel.

    Food Pairings: This Rosé pairs well with a variety of cuisine such as Asian, Latin American and Indian dishes. Its crisp and refreshing finish nicely tames the heat in spicy dishes.

    Technical Data:
    90% base wine from gently pressed Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
    10% still Pinot Noir added at tirage
    Aged for a minimum of 12 months

    Chandon Riche
    Chandon Extra Dry Riche captures the ripe fruit essence of California’s sun-drenched vineyards. An inviting floral bouquet greets the nose. Rich, honeyed fruit flavors accompany a velvety-soft texture, and luscious peach, white nectarine and apricot flavors persist throughout the long, soft finish.

    Tasting Notes: An inviting floral bouquet is followed by rich, honeyed fruit flavors that harmonize with the velvety-soft texture. Luscious peach and white nectarine layered with honey and apricot persist throughout the long finish.

    Food Pairings: Chandon Riche pairs particularly well with rich and spicy foods complementing dishes featuring chilies, cilantro and lemon grass. It works equally well with foods like paté, foie gras and desserts like fresh fruit tarts.

    Technical Data:
    49% Pinot Noir
    30% Chardonnay
    8% Muscat
    6% Pinot Meunier
    7% Malvasia Bianca
    Minimum of 12 months on the yeast

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  • étoile, French for star, embodies our commitment to crafting the finest sparkling wine in America. The winemaking team has carte blanche in creating this wine. They have absolute freedom to break from all traditional limitations and commonly accepted rules in sparkling winemaking. For example, we impose no appellation requirement and allow the winemaking team to source from the very best vineyards in any given vintage. With no vintage requirements, we have the freedom to blend the current vintage with the perfect complement of library, or reserve wines, to build layers of depth and complexity. This is the concept of sur lees dating. We subscribe to no predetermined varietal blend or style; we simply reflect the best style the vineyards have to offer.

    étoile Brut
    étoile Brut personifies elegance and grace with its classically crafted aperitif style. Aged for a minimum of five years sur lees, the wine exhibits a complex aroma of nut, honey and buttered toast. The structure is long, soft and creamy with spicy fruit flavors. Fruit sourcing is from our most prized vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.

    Tasting Notes: Tiny bubbles elevate a complex bouquet of almond, honey and buttered toast with a distinctive hint of citrus blossom that arouses the senses. étoile’s structure is long, soft and creamy with flavors of Fuji apple, candied ginger and a savory hazelnut spice.

    Food Pairings: étoile Brut pairs wells with delicate, sweet or even aromatic flavors, particularly those in seafood.

    Technical Data:
    58% Chardonnay
    42% Pinot Noir
    Aged on the lees for a minimum of five years.

    étoile Rosé
    étoile Rosé sparkles with a brilliant salmon color, bold yet refined berry flavors and excellent richness and length. A small amount of Pinot Noir is added prior to tirage, or secondary fermentation, to create its deliciously distinctive color. The wine is aged for a minimum of five year sur lees to add complexity and sophistication. Fruit sourcing is from our most prized vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.

    Tasting Notes: In keeping with the traditional rosé winemaking method, we add a small amount of red wine (Pinot Noir) prior to tirage to create the distinctive salmon color with copper hues.

    Food Pairings: étoile Rosé is an excellent match with the richness found in foods like foie gras, lobster, veal and simple desserts such as crème brûlée.

    Technical Data:
    63% Pinot Noir
    31% Chardonnay
    6% Pinot Meunier
    Aged on the lees for a minimum of five years.

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  • Domaine Chandon Chardonnay
    An elegant and complex Chardonnay with a flinty quality reflective of the Carneros terroir.

    Tasting Notes: The wine opens with inviting aromas of fig, white peach, ginger, and orange blossoms, as flavors of pineapple, Meyer lemons zest and vanilla grace the palate. It has a lingering finish of citrus and pears with a slight note of minerality showcasing the Carneros region.

    Food Pairings: Steamed lobster accompanied by a pineapple beurre blanc, a butter lettuce salad with mandarin orange slices or for dessert with a vanilla crème brûlée.

    Technical Data: This wine is partly whole cluster pressed; with fermentation beginning in the tank and transferred to 100% French oak barrels. A quarter of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, and it is aged for ten months in French oak, 30% in new barrels.
    Region: Carneros
    Blend: 100% Chardonnay

    Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir
    Powerful and intense, this wine reveals complex layers of ripe fruit couched in classic elegance.

    Tasting Notes: This wine offers enticing aromas of black cherry, juniper berries, black currants, anise, and cinnamon spice. Black cherry and red raspberry flavors dominate the palate with an underlying flinty mineral charm for which the Carneros region is known.

    Food Pairings: Tenderloin of beef with a reduction sauce or a more exotic pairing of teasmoked duck.

    Technical Data: The wine undergoes a 72 hour cold soak maceration in open top tanks and is pumped over three times a day, before being aged for 12 months in French oak, 30% of which is new.
    Region: Carneros
    Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

    Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier
    Pinot Meunier (French for 'miller') is the soulful sibling of Pinot Noir. Rarely planted outside of the Champagne region in France, Domaine Chandon was the first winery in America to plant the varietal.

    Tasting Notes: The wine is garnet in color with expressive aromas of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry jam, with classic notes of brown spice, truffles and earth. On the palate the wine is soft with mouth-filling flavors of huckleberries, cloves, nutmeg, and mushrooms leading to a lingering finish.

    Food Pairings: Dishes featuring mushrooms and truffles and meats such a poultry and fish as well.

    Technical Data: The wine undergoes a 72 hour cold maceration in open top tanks and pumped over three times a day, before being aged in a combination of French and American oak.
    Region: Carneros
    Blend: 86% Pinot Meunier, 14% Pinot Noir

    Domaine Chandon Cabernet Sauvignon
    Chandon’s passion for crafting exceptional single varietal wines has led to a new endeavor - the product of a small batch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery’s incredible vineyards.

    Region: Napa Valley - Chandon's Yountville Estate vineyards
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    20 months 100% French oak (40% new)

    Tasting Notes: Fresh yet complex aromas with notes of mocha and cherry are followed by perfumed herbal aromas of pipe tobacco, bay leaf and bergamot. Balanced on the palate, fruit flavors mingle with caramel and dark chocolate notes while hints of tobacco reveal the oak component.

    Food Pairings: The rich and complex layers of this wine will pair easily with Kobe beef burgers, short ribs with roasted beets, grilled portabella mushroom, cheddar and brie cheese, and dark chocolate cake with berries.

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