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Chandon Museum Release Vintage Brut 2005

Chandon Museum Release Vintage Brut 2005

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SKU: 2005 Chandon Museum Release Vintage Brut LVMH

This is a rare release of only a few hundred bottles of Chandon Vintage Brut 2005 after an incredible 12 years on yeast lees. The complexity of Chandon Vintage Brut is characteristic of its diversity of sites, including vineyards of varying altitude, age and aspect. Add to this the extra time on lees, and we have a very special, aged expression of Chandon Vintage Brut. 

Wine Profile
Bright and clear with yellow hues, fine bubbles and persistent mousse. The nose shows secondary characters of nougat, toast, praline and dried fruits, with background shiitake mushroom aromas. The palate has surprising freshness, with dried citrus fruit flavours, creamy texture and delightful acidity.
Grapes were sourced from a range of cool climate viticultural sites, including the Yarra Valley, Strathbogie and the King and Buffalo Valleys (Victoria), Coonawarra (South Australia) and the Coal River Valley (Tasmania). Soils at these sites vary from free draining sandy loams to aged alluvial loams with high clay content. Vineyards are planted to various densities depending on the soil type, with an average yield between 10 and 12 tonnes per hectare.
Production Notes
A cool start to the season led to a slightly later than average budburst. The first two weeks of February 2005 were among the wettest on record in Victoria, providing excellent soil moisture for the ripening period. From mid-February until March, mild daytime temperatures, cool nights and little rain allowed the grapes to ripen gradually, producing balanced yields and intense varietal characters.
Grapes were picked at the onset of fruit ripeness during late February through March at 10.5° - 11.3° baumé. The grapes were picked in the cooler parts of the day to preserve quality and ensure minimal colour was extracted during the cuvée pressing. In pressing and fermenting grapes from each site separately, their unique characteristics were preserved. Approximately 30 individual cuvées were chosen to comprise the final blend, which has a composition of 57% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir and 2% Meunier. The first release of this wine was disgorged in November 2007. This wine demonstrates the surprising ageing potential of Australian sparkling wines.
Wine Specs
Residual Sugar
5 g/L
7.2 g/L
Alcohol %

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