Laetitia 2006 Brut de Blancs

Posted on November 20, 2009

Laetitia was created in 1997 by Jean-Claude Tardivat after he purchased and renamed Maison Deutz. In the early 1980's, the renowned French champagne house, Champagne Deutz, began searching for premiere sparkling wine growing regions outside of France, which led them them to plant nearly 200 acres in the Arroyo Grande Valley and to found Maison Deutz. 

Under new management, the winery's focus shifted from sparkling to still wine production. Solely owned by Selim Zikha since 2002, the winery has continued to strive for excellence. Its portfolio now includes the original varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc, along with Riesling and Syrah. They also produce several sparkling wines, including their Brut de Blancs.

 

Winery - Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

Location - Arroyo Grande, California

Wine - Laetitia 2006 Brut de Blancs

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc

Appellation - Arroyo Grande Valley

Alcohol - 12.5% v/v

Price -$28 USD

 

Nose/Aroma - Peach, bread, with a floral background.

Palate/Flavors - Very light on the palate, airy. Nice acid upfront combines with stonefruit flavors of apricot and peach before giving way to a creamy mid-palate that disappears into a light, lingering finish of sour apple. 

Style - Brut de Blancs; along with their other sparklings, a tribute to the winery's original founder,Champagne Deutz. 

Food Pairing - This would go well with a nice cream cheese and lox bagel, or a spinach salad with balsamic vinegarette and romano cheese. 

Comments - Light and refreshing, flavor profile was mature and complex. The carbonation level was nice and added to the wine's appearance; effervescent and flowering.