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2018 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (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 Americas 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.
In the Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, 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, this wine was aged on its yeast lees for thirty months prior to disgorgement. With its lively and focused nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure, and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release.
The long growing season in 2018 revealed a vintage with concentration without being overripe. Despite a warm February, the growing season started off cooler than the past few vintages. A cool spring meant bloom lasted longer than usual, which resulted in a bountiful crop. Summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than in recent years. Veraison was delayed as well, and harvest started two to three weeks later than normal. The resulting fruit exhibited exceptional structure and depth of flavor.
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The 2018 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut has tantalizing aromas of golden apple, Asian pear, and lemon curd, intermingled with hints of honey and toasted brioche. Its vibrant flavors of pineapple, and lemon zest lead to a focused palate and a delightful tangy finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies
Brisk and refreshing with a steely complexity, highlighting elegant, citrus, green apple, blanched almond and fresh ginger flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now.- Wine Spectator (June 2022)