Cuvée Catharine 2007 Estate Blanc de Blanc ‘Carte Blanche’
“…the first vintage dated sparkling wine from Henry of Pelham reflects the warmth of the 2007 season even through the Chardonnay grapes for sparkling wines are picked much earlier in the season to preserve freshness and acidity. The nose shows warm bread, toasty brioche, complex citrus, stone fruit and lemon curd. The mousse is soft and luscious on the palate with baked apple, lemon-citrus and creamy quince fruits to go with pastry, toasted hazlenuts and enough juicy acidity to carry the flavours through a long finish” – 92 Points
- Rick VanSickle – WinesInNiagara.com, 2012
The new ‘Carte Blanche’ cuvée from Henry of Pelham is a classy and elegant wine, with plenty of yeasty-toasty autolysis, tarragon and inviting white flower aromas. The palate is tight, crisp, essentially bone dry, with plenty of limestone – chalky minerality and terrific, lingering finish. Fine new addition to Pelham’s line up and to Ontario bubbly at large. – 90 Points
- John Szabo – WineAlign.com, 2012
Carte Blanche is the vintage dated Cuvée Catharine. Entirely estate grown Chardonnay is hand picked, the best of the best juice isolated, partially barrel fermented then aged for 54 months in the bottle before being disgorged. Look for elegant lemony flavours and aromas of freshly baked bread.
• Made from 100% estate grown Chardonnay from the Short Hills Bench
• Harvest Dates: August 31st, September 4th and September 13th, 2007
• 20% barrel fermented
• Hand-picked and bunch selected. Gently whole cluster pressed
• Secondary fermentation in bottle followed by a further 54 months aging on the lees
Salmon caviar with sour cream; Malpeque oysters with a hint of lemon.
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Geographic Designation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- Alcohol Percentage: 11.1