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!
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