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2010 BLANC de NOIR ALSO AVAILABLE TO MIX AT SAME PRICING!
Don Baumhefner, former CAL Bear footballer, sommelier, winemaker, bon vivant began Chateau Beaux Hauts in the 1980’s while working with Joseph Swan at his namesake winery. Encouraged by the results of these first vintages Don found Russian River Pinot Meunier and produced the first En Tirage with the 1990 vintage and a follow up 1992 bottling. A first, every few months and then year after year, Don would disgorge a bottling to see if it was ready for release. 21 years after that first vintage Don finally felt the wines were ready to release. These first vintages were a landmark, with the great Michael Broadbent equating the 1992 to a late disgorged Bollinger. Fast forward and Don has at finally released his follow up 2010 vintages of a Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir from Beckstoffer’s “Las Amigas Vnyd.” in Carneros.
The 2010 Blanc de Blancs (Chardonnay) AND 2010 Blanc de Noir (Pinot Noir) were disgorged after aging en tirage for over six years (after completion of the second fermentation, the wine is rested on the lees in the bottle before disgorgement), which enables it to mature into a more opulent, intense, and complex wine. As with the 1992 vintage, this extended yeast contact keeps the fruit flavors fresh and lively, while also allowing the wine to develop a creamier and voluptuous texture, and a finer more elegant, but vigorous bead of “tiny” bubbles.
My notes Blanc de Blancs – extremely lively and very fine elegant beads of “tiny” bubbles; yeasty, buttery brioche, toasted hazelnuts, chantrelle mushroom “earthiness”. Pure delight! Very refined!
My notes Blanc de Noir – surprisingly fresh with again lively and vigorous multiple beads of small bubbles; light cranberry color, zesty wild berry-strawberry aromas, spice nuances, youthful, creamy and mouth filling with more development to come. Very festive! Long and lingering.
Tasting note Blanc de Blancs: “The pale straw color and very subtle sparkling appearance of this wine, veil what lies beneath. Aromas of warm butter croissant, lemon curd, baked apple, and dried honeycomb give the impression you just walked into a French bakery. Toasty and doughy flavors paired with tart citrus fruit and subtle nuttiness convey the maturity and complexity of a wine developing though lees aging. On the palate, these rich flavors are layered upon each other in a savory mille-feuille of structured decadence. Silky effervescence provides the textural background for an elevated acidity to pierce through the gravity of this wine which perfectly expresses the ethos of En Tirage” – Desmond Echavarrie, Master Sommelier