2014 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 2014 Blanc de Blancs has bright and fresh aromas of green apple, apricot and orange blossom. The fruitful fragrance intermingles with hints of honey, and lemon zest. Freshly sliced peaches, pear and bright pineapple flavors carry vibrant length on the palate.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

92 Points
Dry and well balanced but also full flavored, this will be a great go-to bubbly to have ready in the fridge for any minor or major occasion. There are ripe fruits along with crisp citrus notes, lively acidity, a rich mousse of bubbles and lingering finish.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2017)
90 Points
This always reliable bottling shows its youth in aromas that remind of the crisp scent of freshly picked green apples. Complexing aged-yeast notes remain in the background yet do make themselves known, and, in the Schramsberg manner, the wines bubbles are suitably small and foamy. Just a tad on the quiet side in the mouth but well-made and on point, this is a wine that will always satisfy.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (December 2017)
90 Points
Beautifully floral strawberry and peach aromas lead to rich and creamy flavors that glide toward a snappy finish.- Wine Spectator (October 2017)

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