1992 Château Beaux Hauts, En Tirage, Extra Brut, Russian River Valley
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Chateau Beaux Hauts
Russian River Valley
This low-lying valley Sonoma County in and its 10,000 acres of vineyards was virtually unknown before 1983, when it was granted official appellation status (Russian River Valley AVA).
It has since established a formidable reputation as a prime spot for challenging varieties like Pinot Noir (29% of the acreage in 2007), which thrives in this cool-climate region. Chardonnay (42% of the acreage in 2007) has also blossomed here, showing a signature lean and restrained profile.
The Russian River Valley climate is influenced by cooling fogs, drawn inland from the Pacific. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season, while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.
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A fascinating find- a 100% Meunier, American sparkling wine, that had 17years on lees. The rich truffley character is typical of mature Pinot-based sparkling wines, with the light citrus and touch of red berried fruit suggesting Meunier over Pinot Noir. One might mistake this for Champagne, but the soft, supple acidity takes you to warmer climes. The powerful truffle note continues on the palate alongside toasty, yeasty notes. An interesting aperitif, but I think even better paired with aged cheeses such as Parmesan, Comté, Gouda or for a real mushroom hit- risotto with truffle shavings.
Edwin Dublin, Champagne & Sparkling Wine Specialist
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