In 1973, Domaine Chandon became the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in the United States. Producers of the world famous Moet Chandon and Dom Perignon Champagnes, Chandon's ultimate commitment was to craft the finest sparkling wine in America. Working hand in hand with Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave for Dom Pérignon, winemaker Pauline Lhote, who grew up in Champagne, they apply the age old art of blending, learned over centuries at Moet Chandon, using the finest lots from the current and previous vintage of the traditional varieties, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grown in Carneros and fermented using special proprietary yeasts. The wine ages five years sur lie before it is disgorged. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 93 saying "From the pale straw color to the delicate citrus and honeyed aromas, this wine strives for elegance and finesse and largely achieves it.Light but suggesting strawberries and limes. Dry, with a rich, creamy texture. Really stands out for elegance and harmony, and finishes on a slightly bitter-almond note." On Sale!
We have been drinking Etoile Brut for quite some time now and find it to be a really nice, refreshing champagne that typically costs less than $40 a bottle. It is good by itself and pairs well with lots of appetizers or full meals.