The venerable Chandon sparkling wine brand recently redesigned its bottles for the first time in 60 years, with an “eye-catching new vertical label design that captures the quality and craftsmanship inherent of our sparkling wines.” It doesn’t appear that anything in production has changed significantly, but it turns out we’ve never reviewed the standard Chandon bottlings anyway, so let’s dig in to some fresh bottles.
NV Chandon Brut California – Clean and fruit-forward, but with plenty of sweetness in the mix. Lemon-lime notes pair well with the punchy rush of fresh red apples and a hint of almondy nougat and just the lightest touch of cinnamon on the finish. A go-to choice for when you’re making a sparkling punch. B+ / $25
NV Chandon Brut Rose California – Not a terribly different character from the Brut, surprisingly, perhaps just a touch of berry influence, but nothing that will spin your head. I get a bit more of a yeast element on this wine than in the Brut, but that could largely be due to bottle variation. B / $25