Some of my fondest memories of North Carolina (I grew up a Carolina girl) are visiting the Biltmore Estate during the Christmas holidays. The 8000 acre estate is simply magical this time of year…elegantly decorated with attention paid to every detail. I can’t think of too many places that are more enchanted during the holidays. When I received a bottle of Biltmore Estate 2008 Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise, I hoped uncorking it would give me a little piece of the Biltmore’s holiday wonder.
Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2008 Methode Champenoise is 100% Chardonnay. 88% of the grapes come from North Carolina and 12% from California. It has 12.4% alcohol and retails for $35. For more information see www.biltmore.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
This sparkling wine pours a pale gold in the glass. The nose has soft notes of citrus and a hint of baked bread. The palate is a myriad of citrus flavors with lots of lemon, lime, and pineapple. Notes of toasted almonds linger in the slightly bitter finish. The small bubbles makes this brut easy to sip and I enjoyed the semi-dry finish. This is definitely a great sparkling wine for the holidays and I would encourage you guys to grab a bottle if you are lucky enough to visit the Biltmore (or you can purchase a bottle off of their website).
My Wine Rating- B/B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- This brut pairs perfectly with oysters, baked brie, or truffled popcorn.
*This wine was sent to me as a media sample