2017 Blanc de Blancs (1 x 750 ml)

Blanc de Blancs (white from whites), made from Chardonnay, is the counterpart to the Blanc de Noirs (white from blacks), 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 barrel fermented wines, some of which complete malolactic fermentation, are added to the stainless-steel fermented wines to create added complexity in the blended base wine. After undergoing a second fermentation in bottle, the wine then ages on its yeast lees for about two years prior to disgorgement. With its vibrant, fruitful and focused 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.

For the 2017 vintage, abundant winter rains prior to the growing season helped recharge reservoirs and groundwater. Spring weather was cool to mild, with increased vine vigor and extended flowering in some areas. After a summer of heat spikes, harvest started in the beginning of August. Warm days and cool nights throughout harvest encouraged exceptional fruit development while maintaining bright acidity.

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Tasting notes

The 2017 Blanc de Blancs has bright aromas of Meyer lemon, golden apple, Bosc pear, marzipan and vanilla cookie, which intermingle with hints of warm pastry and cinnamon. Granny Smith apple, candied lemon, and baked pineapple bring fruit-ful notes to the mid-palate, ending with a long, clean and vibrant finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93 Points - Value Pick of the Week, California
Lithe and delicately balanced, with vibrant lemon custard, blanched almond and steely citrus notes that take up richness and speed on the long finish.- Wine Spectator Insider Weekly (November 2020)
93 Points - Best of Year 2020
Lively citrus flavors are nicely tempered by almond and bread-dough nuances in this elegant, well balanced and rich-tasting wine. It offers more than fresh fruit, adding aged-on-the-lees complexity for a very tempting expression.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2020)
91 Points
With very good reason, we have high expectations when Schramsberg's latest Blanc de Blancs arrives each year, and the 2017 version continues what has become a long string of successes for its maker. It touches all the right bases from its creamy, unceasing mousse to its brightness and very articulate champenized complexity, and it does so with a singular sense of grace. Never timid, but always refined, it is a delight to sip on its own, and it will have very few peers as a match to a platter of fresh oysters served on the half-shell.- Connoisseurs' Guide (December 2020)