Domaine Chandon Etoile (Crown Cap)

Non-Vintage from North Coast, California

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Item No. 87871
  • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
  • WE93
  • WS90
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Tiny bubbles elevate a complex bouquet of almond, honey, and buttered toast with a distinctive hint of citrus blossom that arouses the senses. étoile's structure is long, soft, and creamy with flavors of fuji apple, candied ginger, and a savory hazelnut spice. These flavors intensify across the palate, building to a lingering yet, lively finish.

Information on Crown Caps:
Despite their widespread use in champagne facilities and sparkling wineries around the world, crown caps continue to be the winemaker's best-kept secret of the cellar. The primary use for crown caps in modern-day winemaking is for secondary fermentation and aging on the yeasts. Every modern champagne house and sparkling winery in the world uses crown caps during production (including the makers of G.H. Mumm, Perrier Jouet, Roederer, Taittinger, Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, and Veuve Clicquot to name a few.) It is not until the final product is prepared for market and disgorged, that a cork is added to each bottle. Many notable wine critics predict however, that non-cork closures for still wines as well as sparkling wines will soon outnumber bottles finished with cork in the marketplace due to their superior ability to guarantee product quality.

Critical Acclaim

"From the pale straw color to the delicate citrus and honeyed aromas, this wine strives for elegance and finesse and largely achieves it. Light but suggesting strawberries and limes. Dry, with a rich, creamy texture. Really stands out for elegance and harmony, and finishes on a slightly bitter-almond note."
93 Points

"Delicately rich and structured, with floral lemon zest and smoke aromas complementing the taut flavors of apple, fresh ginger and spice."
90 Points

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As the first American sparking wine venture by a French Champagne house (Moet & Chandon), Domaine Chandon has been a leader in sparkling wine production since 1973. Bringing hundreds of years of winemaking tradition and experience to the Napa Valley, Chandon's principal achievement has been to craft a range of sparkling wines that reflect California's vibrant regional character,...

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Non-Vintage Most Champagne you encounter will be NV, or non-vintage. This is because the base wine is a blend of wine from multiple vintages. In producing non-vintage wines, Champagne houses strive to keep the taste consistent year by year, and non-vintage wine provides the winemakers flexibility in blending, ensuring a constant style each year. Non-vintage Champagne...

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