French for star, the 2005 étoile embodies the Chandon commitment to crafting the finest sparkling wine in America. étoile Tête de Cuvée, which literally means “head of the blend,” is the shining star of our portfolio. Aged on the yeast lees for at least seven years, it is a rare sparkling wine of unprecedented luxury and character.
Seductive aromas of ripe white peach, orange blossom, apple and baking spices lead to fresh raspberry, apple and Asian pear flavors in this smooth, gently effervescent cuvée. The long finish is crisp, inviting you to take another sip.
The grapes for the 2005 étoile Tête de Cuvée were sourced from the finest vineyards in the coolest areas of Napa and Sonoma counties. These vineyards have the natural conditions that make them ideal for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.
Winter rains paused for a dry, mild 2005 March then began again with record-setting precipitation late into the growing season, delaying bloom and set. The summer months were cool and pleasant with few heat spikes. Fog and cool temperatures heading into September were perfect for maintaining crisp acidity in the sparkling grapes.
Grapes were pressed, fermented into wine and then bottled along with yeast and sugar to start the second fermentation that makes méthode traditionnelle wines effervescent. After aging for eight years sur lie, the wine was clarified by riddling, a process which moves the yeast sediment from the neck of the bottle. The necks are frozen, and the yeast is expelled in a process called disgorgement. To balance the acidity before applying the cork, each bottle receives a small amount of liqueur, sugar dissolved in reserve wine, also known as the dosage. The wine was then aged at least six additional months before release.
Seductive aromas of ripe white peach, orange blossom, apple and baking spices lead to fresh raspberry, apple and Asian pear flavors in this smooth, gently effervescent 2005 cuvée. The long finish is crisp, inviting you to take another sip.
Duck rillettes, seared scallops, roasted halibut and mushroom tart are all sure bets as a match for our Tête de Cuvée. And for those special occasions we can’t resist pairing this sparkling wine with caviar served on toasted brioche points.
SERVING AND CELLARING
We recommend serving our 2005 etoile ete de cuvee sparkling wine chilled. To do so quickly, fill a wine bucket with ice and water and then immerse the bottle for 20 to 30 minutes. Cellar in a cool place for up to seven years.