Chandon

Mt. Veeder Vintage Brut, Library Selection
Non-vintage Sparkling Wine
Mount Veeder

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 24
Vintage

Non-vintage

Chandon

Mt. Veeder Vintage Brut, Library Selection

Sparkling Wine
Mount Veeder

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Crafted from the 2012 vintage, this sparkling wine has been aging sur lie for more than 10 years
  • Your wine is developing a creamy texture and flavor notes that range from toasted hazelnuts to lemon custard
  • The fruit for your wine was sourced from our Mount Veeder ranch
  • This site is as rugged and spectacular today as it was 50 years ago when our founding president, John Wright, planted our first Chardonnay vines there

Description

Sparkling wine fills the glasses that toast life’s most important milestones. For us at Chandon, the celebration begins years earlier when we begin to craft a wine worthy of such an occasion. This sparkling wine, produced from the 2012 vintage and aging sur lie for more than 10 years, is developing a creamy texture and flavor notes that range from toasted hazelnuts to lemon custard. The grapes were grown on our Mount Veeder ranch, a site that is as rugged and spectacular today as it was 50 years ago when our founding president, John Wright, planted it with our first Chardonnay vines.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Pauline Lhote

Winemaker, Chandon

Winemaker, Pauline Lhote

As director of winemaking at Chandon, Pauline Lhote is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day cellar operations, including tirage, crush, blending and dosage trials.

To say that Pauline is passionate about Champagne is an understatement. She grew up in Champagne, knew she wanted to make Champagne from an early age and chose her higher education based on attaining that goal.

While earning a National Diploma of Winemaking in Reims, Champagne, Pauline gained hands-on experience at Moet & Chandon where she performed maturity controls, winemaking trials and cellar work. Her work there in 2004 coincided with the Champagne house's increased focus on crafting rose champagnes, so she spent time creating red wines used in producing rose sparkling wines, including the coveted Dom Perignon Rose.

In 2005, Pauline took her experience to another esteemed Champagne producer, Nicolas Feuillatte, as consulting winemaker, making reds for rose sparklers in addition to creating more base wines, performing dosage trials and learning the art of blending.

Pauline then felt an urge to have international winemaking experience but remaining true to her Champagne roots, she set her sights on Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley, the first French-owned sparkling wine house in California. Pauline arrived in Yountville for a three-month contract in late 2006, fell in love with Napa Valley and stayed.

Today, Pauline leads the winemaking team in crafting America's premier sparkling wines.

Country born: France

Education: National Diploma of Winemaking

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I grew up in Champagne, knew I wanted to make Sparkling wine since I was 14... love the complexity around the Sparkling process. My winemaking philiosophy: let the terroir and fruit expression shine.

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