A méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine blended from the classic Champagne grape varieties. Extended yeast ageing has produced a deliciously soft, fresh and creamy wine with incredible length and finesse.
A perfect combination of freshness, complexity and character, the Chandon Vintage Brut greets you with roasted chestnuts, almond biscotti and lifted citrus blossom aromas. The palate exudes creamy and rich flavours with crème caramel, crisp stone fruit and nougat extending into the red berry, spice and dark cherry influence of pinot noir. With a crisp, refreshing finish and wonderful persistence it is a wine for any occasion.
The complexity of the Vintage Brut is inherent in the diversity of cool-climate sites, including vineyards of varying altitude, age and aspect. Grapes were sourced from regions as diverse as the Yarra Valley, King Valley, Goulburn Valley, Macedon in Victoria along with Adelaide Hills (South Australia), Great Southern (Western Australia) and the Coal River Valley (Tasmania). Regional sourcing provides many different characters and flavours, adding to the complexity of the blends. Soils at these sites vary from free draining sandy loams to aged alluvial loams with high clay content. Vineyards are planted to various densities, with an average yield between 10 and 12 tonnes per hectare. Most of the selected vinyards are trained to vertical shoot positioning trellis to maintain vibrancy of flavour.
Grapes were picked at the onset of fruit ripeness during February at 10.0° - 11.5° baumé. The grapes were picked in the cooler parts of the day to preserve quality and ensure minimal colour was extracted during the cuvée pressing. The grapes from each site were pressed and fermented separately to preserve their unique characteristics, and over 40 individual cuvées were chosen to comprise the final blend. Chardonnay provides flavour and intensity at the front of the palate while the pinot noir component of the Chandon Vintage Brut provides the weight and focus on the back palate and the persistent creamy finish that is the defining characteristic of our flagship wine. The final composition is 47% chardonnay, 50% pinot noir and 3% pinot meunier. The wine was disorged and dosed after extended yeast ageing and was then rested before its release, providing additional complexity to the aromas, flavours and texture of the wine.
Alc 12.5%, pH 3.18, TA 6.76g/L, RS 7 g/L