Auction 14 | Lot No. 51
10 cases produced
While Domaine Chandon is best known as one of America's top sparkling wines, the winery also produces limited quantities of varietal wines made from the traditional champagne varieties — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Pinot Meunier (French for "miller" in reference to the powdery underside of the leaves that can look as though dusted with flour) is the soulful sibling of Pinot Noir. Rarely planted outside of the Champagne region in France, it plays a small but vital role in the blending of sparkling wines.
Domaine Chandon's experience growing Carneros Pinot Meunier for its sparkling wine programs for more than three decades has provided insight that allows our winemaker to capture the full potential of this grape to craft an outstanding, food-friendly varietal wine.
Joel was born and raised in California’s Central Valley into a family of organic table grape farmers. He spent his summers working in the family vineyards in the hot Central Valley and in Arizona. Upon graduation from high school, he worked as a line cook and sous chef while taking classes at the local college. As he became skilled in food preparation, he slowly became obsessed with wine. After a crush and a brief stint as a wine buyer, he enrolled in Fresno State’s enology program. Following graduation, he came to work in the Napa Valley and worked for several wineries before coming to Domaine Chandon.
Country born: United States
Education: Joel has a BS degree in enology from CSU Fresno, he also has a Permaculture Designers Certificate and has nearly completed the WSET Diploma.
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Joel has brought a doctrine of gentle handling and Burgundian winemaking techniques to Domaine Chandon to create wines that are elegant and complex.
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