Michelle Luxe 1998

Vintage from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 82996
  • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
  • WE89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2002
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

Luxe is a very delicate Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine crafted in the time-honored méthode champenoise tradition. As in Champagne, only free run juice is used which results in extremely delicate flavors.
For the 1998 vintage, juice was feremted in French oak after inoculation and aged for 11 months to build layers of flavor and creaminess. The second fermentation in the bottle lasted 20 weeks and then the wine was aged for 5 years for added complexity.
"Fragrant citrus blossom, green apple and pear aromas are enhanced by fresh tropical fruit flavors on the palate. Creamy butterscotch and hints of hazelnut and ginger extend into the long finish. Loaded with a persistent column of small bubbles, this sparkler is sure to please." -- Rick Casqueiro, Winemaker

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Michelle, by Domaine Ste. Michelle is the largest producer of sparkling wines in Washington state. The winery has crafted highly acclaimed wines for over 35 years since the wines were introduced in 1978. Michelle wines are crafted using the traditional Methode Champenoise technique. The winery offers a Brut, Brut Rose and Extra Dry sparkling wine.

Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Vintage Champagne and Sparkling Wines Vintage Champagne is made in particularly good years with optimum weather and the best grape selection. Some houses, like Dom Perignon, only make vintage Champagne, so they do not produce a wine every year and have no non-vintage bottlings. What makes vintage Champagne better? Well, status for one - many vintage Champagnes are...

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