Aromas of raspberry, white peach, and toasted bread dominate the nose on this wine, with notes of nutmeg and sweet orange marmalade. The round mouthfeel and soft mousse are complemented with a lovely toastiness and flavors of red apple and peach.
After blending the DVX each year, we set aside part of the blend and add a small amount of red Pinot Noir to give the wine it’s beautiful rose color. A shorter aging time on the yeast allows the red fruit flavors to express themselves in balance with the toasty, yeast notes. Like 2014 and 2015, the 2016 harvest started in July. The early season meant grapes were harvested with bright acidity, while still developing nice, concentrated flavors. Only 9 wines were selected for the DVX blend in 2016. Eleven percent of the blend fermented in older oak barrels, lending a nice spice note to the wine, along with mid-palate weight. The small addition of red wine to the blend shifted the personality of the wine in favor of Pinot Noir, but without sacrificing the elegance of the Chardonnay.
This wine would be lovely paired with a fall salad with fuyu persimmon and pomegranate, or a smoked salmon spread on toasted bread
Facts & Figures
Blend – 54% Pinot noir, 46% Chardonnay Residual Sugar (Dosage) – 9.8 g/L (0.98%) Style – Brut Alcohol – 12.5% TA – 7.2 g/L pH – 3.11 Time en Tirage – 47 months Aging Potential – 10-15 years