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Blanc de Noirs 2016

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A blend of 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir from our estate vineyards on Keuka Lake. The grapes are hand harvested and very lightly pressed. Secondary fermentation took place in bottle for a minimum of 4 years in our historic underground cellar. 

The wine shows characters of fresh pastry dough, Bartlet pear, lemon curd, and minerality. The crisp acidity and subtle mineral undertones give the wine great structure and elegance. Leading with a fine mousse, the mouthfeel is creamy and profound. Long crisp apple finish.

Perfect for celebrations and special occasions. Pair with oysters, lobster, smoked salmon, fried foods, egg dishes, sushi, popcorn, or seafood-based Chinese dishes. 
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
ACID 8.47 g/L
Varietal Sparkling
PH 2.98
Residual sugar 8 g/L
AGING Méthode Champenoise. 4 Years Minimum.
Alcohol % 11.9

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TASTING NOTES

The wine shows characters of fresh pastry dough, Bartlet pear, lemon curd, and minerality. The crisp acidity and subtle mineral undertones give the wine great structure and elegance. Leading with a fine mousse, the mouthfeel is creamy and profound. Long crisp apple finish.


VINEYARD NOTES

The grapes for our sparkling wines are located on separate plots on our Keuka Estate vineyards. These vineyards were planted by Willy Frank in the late 1970s with the sole purpose of producing sparkling wines.


WINEMAKER NOTES

The grapes were hand-picked into small 40kg crates with careful bunch selection in the vineyard. The whole cluster grapes were immediately pressed. From harvest to pressing, extreme care is used in handling the grapes to avoid any excessive crushing or bruising. Only the first most delicate pressing, called the Cuvée, is used. The base wine was bottled the following Spring after harvest.

Secondary fermentation took place in bottle as per the traditional Méthode Champenoise. The wine was left in bottle with the lees for a minimum of 4 years in the underground cellar at Chateau Frank. Each bottle is individually disgorged, corked, crowned, and labeled by hand. The month of disgorgement is listed on the back of each bottle.


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