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“1.8 million gallons of bubbly!”
Review of Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon
Ranked #6 of 45 things to do in Yountville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: You must be of legal drinking age to engage with us. Please enjoy responsibly. Domaine Chandon was the first winery to be established in the United States by a French wine and spirits producer, Moet Hennessy. Today, Chandon is America's leading sparkling wine producer, applying methode traditionnelle techniques to showcase the ripe fruit and vibrant character of California. We host educational and fun tours of our winery and offer light food options in our tasting room or on our extensive terrace.
Reviewed 16 October 2017

At the time we toured Domaine Chandon offered several different tours, the most elaborate being a tour of the winery and grounds, tasting of the line including the super premium Etoile, a chef prepared hor d’oeuvre from Etoile restaurant (now closed), and a free drink with lunch at restaurant (if following tour).

We both love champagne (no matter where or what it’s called) and having heard that DC’s big tour was definitely worth the time and money decided to combine it with a nice lunch!

Frankly, it was the best wine tour we’ve done. The grounds are beautiful and lush, worth a visit just to walk around. The production facility is huge, and on a scale most will never see anywhere else: there are enough stainless steel chilled fermentation tanks and related equipment to process/hold 1.8 million gallons of quality champagne!

I think most people don’t realize just how many different wines DC makes. Our tasting demonstrated six, but I think their line is three times that now. The star of course is the Etoile reserve, which is available at the winery or through the wine club – I joined club that day and it’s been worth it, especially to get certain wines rarely found in stores, the incredible Etoile, and some large dimension bottles that are fun for celebrations!

Concierge told us “if you can only see a few wineries then Domaine Chandon should be one of them!” She was so right!

Following section is an old review of Domaine Chandon's remarkable restaurant Etoile:
“Etoile was the perfect segue from our morning tour & tasting at the winery. There are several seating areas inside and out, but we sat in perhaps the nicest: outside, and down to the right facing the garden and lawn, maybe 16-20 tables, private, quiet, and beautiful!"

"Had the charcuterie (prosciutto, toscano, duck terrine, fennel), heirloom tomatoes, yellow fin tuna (w/oxtail), and Dungeness crab (w/tempura oysters)."

"During our week stay also ate at Bouchon, Farmstead, The French Laundry, and Gary Danko's, the last three in a very select group arguably the best in San Francisco (if not the country), and IMHO Etoile was their equal in terms of ingredient quality, presentation, imagination, and service."

"Truly, one of the most memorable dining experience we’ve ever had!"

[visited September 2014 but forgot to submit review, and as Etoile is now closed could not post review and give thanks for a very special experience!]

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone from Domaine Chandon during these troubled times!

Thank SpanishTroubadour
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

My best friend and I LOVED Chandon! We didn't expect to spend so many hours here, but we did because the atmosphere was incredible. The grounds were immaculate and the best part as being able to sit in the shade and feel the cool breeze. We did the $20 bubbly tasting and enjoyed each glass. We would've loved to have tried the cheese plates, but had a big lunch beforehand so we were too full. Next time we come back (which we definitely will), we will try the food platters as well. Love Chandon!

Thank Lindsay M
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

The grounds of Domaine Chandon are beautiful. Our host for the tasting was friendly, knowledgeable and very generous as even one of our party that was interesteed in the tasting as it is mostly sparkling wines was treated to a free tasting of cabernet while waiting on the group. A nice experience by our entire group.

Thank James B
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Really fun tasting with pretty grounds. The sparkling tasting was very good and small plates were available.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely location and sparkling wines but food and buffet look/feel leaves you feeling like it’s New Year’s Eve ... over hyped and over priced.

Thank Alexander G
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