2013 Blanc de Blancs Half-bottle (1 x 375 ml)

Blanc de Blancs (white from white), made from Chardonnay, is the counterpart to the Blanc de Noirs (white from black), made from Pinot Noir. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when then President Nixon served the wine at the historic "Toast to Peace" in Beijing, China.

The Schramsberg style of Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp. Small lots of malolactic- and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for over two years prior to disgorgement. With its vibrant, fruitful and crisp nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release.

While this wine can be enjoyed by itself as an apéritif, it is also perfect with fresh oysters and other shellfish, crab cakes, ceviche and grilled sea bass. It is also delicious with lemon chicken and Thai curries. Serve with aged Gouda or other hard cheeses, and as a counterpoint to soft triple creams.

Tasting notes

The 2013 Blanc de Blancs has bright and fresh aromas of grapefruit, mango, apricot, lemon, and white peach. The fruitful fragrance intermingles with hints of fresh bread, vanilla cream pie, and rose petals. Freshly sliced Gravenstein apples, zesty citrus, and bright pineapple flavors carry vibrant length on the palate.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

95 Points
I love the freshness of this wine - it’s like drinking cold mountain air early in the morning. Blanc de Blancs (100% chardonnay) is Schramsberg’s most popular wine and it’s easy to see why. Not only are the flavors delicious and pure (iced pear sorbet), but the bubbles feel different than the bubbles in most other sparkling wines - they’re crisper, firmer, more lively, more kinetic. A mini explosion. A thousand points of light(ness). All in your mouth.- Karen MacNiel (August 2016)
92 Points
Delicious lemon-meringue aromas make a great start for this medium-bodied Chardonnay-based wine. Flavors are lively, lemony, with baking-spice accents. A buttery, creamy element carries into the lingering, tangy finish.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2016)
91 Points
Elegant with a fine. long-lasting effervescence and notes of lemon zest, apricot, crème brulee and white rose.- The Planet Grape Wine Review (June 2016)

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